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Jay Shao

Jay graduated with a Bachelor’s in History and Urban Studies and 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 tools to mobilize and empower residents advocating for neighborhood social and economic development. Working for a legal team, he digitized business processes to improve services for immigrant and refugee families navigating the U.S. immigration system. On a construction crew, he created project trackers and renovated housing to improve 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. In his free time, Jay enjoys board gaming, studying Mandarin, and hiking with his partner and their dog.

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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