New York City Hires Alpha Man & Three Time HBCU Graduate

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast week, the de Blasio administration appointed Amen Ra Mashariki the city’s Chief Analytics Officer. Mr. Mashariki attended not one HBCU but three, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha. He graduated from Lincoln University in 97′ with a Bachelors in Computer science. In 2000 he graduated from Howard University with a Masters in Computer Science and in 2008 he graduated from Morgan State University with a Ph.D in Engineering.

Mr. Mashariki is a great example of the hard work and dedication it takes to achieve our goals. After he graduated the “first time” not a lot of recruiters were banging his door down to pay him six figures. I know most graduating seniors believe that’s how it will work out for them, but that’s the exception not the rule. So after you graduate with a degree and minimal experience, what’s next? Going back to college is a smart a and viable option. While you are still creating your resume it is smart to focus on adding additional certifications and education, just like Mr. Mashariki did.

He slowly built his experience and background while working at Motorola, Johns Hopkins University teaching and by accepting a White House Fellowship. This is how it’s done regardless if you attend an HBCU or PWI. You work hard, build your resume, and network along the way, preparing yourself for any and every opportunity that may come.

“I am honored to serve in the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics and look forward to utilizing data and information created by our city agencies, academic institutions and other organizations,” Mr. Mashariki said in a statement, pledging to put that data “to work for the millions of people that live and work in New York.”

What is your plan and how do you plan to get there?

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