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Jay Shao

Jay graduated with a Master’s in Cybersecurity. Prior to joining the U.S. Digital Corps, Jay worked for a variety of organizations with different missions. As a community organizer, he leveraged social media and other digital tools to mobilize and empower residents advocating for neighborhood social and economic development. In support of a legal team, he streamlined processes and procedures to improve service delivery for immigrant and refugee families navigating the U.S. immigration system. On a construction crew, he renovated housing and led projects to improve home health and safety for low-income families, seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities. As part of an IT team, he implemented an enterprise-wide human capital and financial management information system for an IT consulting firm. Most recently, as an intern, Jay supported enterprise architecture and IT modernization efforts for a federal government agency.

What Inspired You To Join The U.S. Digital Corps?

"I chose to join the U.S. Digital Corps for a few key reasons. First, the program offers a chance to apply my skills and experiences to engaging, meaningful, and challenging work at the intersection of people, technology, and the public interest. Second, the program intentionally assembles a diverse cohort of fellows with various professional backgrounds and life experiences, united by a passion for civic tech. Third, the program strategically invests in the professional development and personal growth of its fellows. Ultimately, the U.S. Digital Corps presents a unique opportunity to support the U.S. Government, serve the American people, and protect our way of life."

Fun Fact:

Jay has biked the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal twice—that's 300+ miles from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, D.C. At the time of writing, Jay is currently in the middle of completing his third trip.

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