"Minorities and women are significantly underrepresented in the Technology Industry. I am going to change that"
~Frank Satterwhite, Founder/Pres
Having overcome many of my own personal and environment conditions, I definitively believe people can be better than the circumstances from which they come. My own formative years were spent very poor. I experienced both multi-cultural, black and Spanish speaking urban neighborhoods, as well as rural communities. Growing up I noted the critical flaw fueling the socio-economic struggles of people like me. Poverty incited the lack of options, resources and guidance for any of us to pursue a quality education. I knew I needed education. With a lot of hard work, I ultimately ended up being accepted into The University of California at Berkeley. At Cal Berkeley is where my aptitude and passion for technology started.
While attending UC Berkeley, I launched my west coast reality rap label with the goal to follow my love of hip hop. I always had a propensity towards business as well as a strong intuition for popular culture interests.
As I pursued my education, I negotiated national and international distribution deals for our music catalogue. Our label’s roster featured Gold artists such as members of 2Pac’s Thuglife, and Bloody Mary.
It was during this time I truly saw how Hip Hop was the voice for so many aspiring to be better than their circumstances despite race, gender or opportunity.
I realized I needed to be an even stronger agent for social change. After graduating from UC Berkeley, I sunset the record label to focus on defying barriers youth face when trying to reach their potential. The same barriers I had once faced.
It was through these circumstances that 1600 Avenue 501c3 non-profit was born. Its flagship agenda was The Hip Hop Leaders Program.
Today, I’m fortunate and blessed to be a highly skilled and successful engineer that cares about kids. I benefit from my formal education, my Masters of Computer Science from George Mason University, with a concentration in Information Security/Cyber Security.
I have developed into a rare combination of an engineer who is hands-on technical but also able to provide strategic support to leadership for decision making. I excel at improving Interoperability and Protecting and Securing US, NATO, and Coalition Mission Systems. I also am a Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert that delivers real-world mission security and asset protection, while also delivering cyber trainings such as CISSP, and CISM Boot Camps for International Organizations.
Finally, I primarily work as a Senior Systems C4ISR Field Engineer / Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert for International, NATO, Coalition, and Joint Initiatives. In this role, I have become multilingual, experienced many cultures, and met and worked with so many of the world’s most talented people. Most important I have served our country in Europe and abroad. Of this, I am proud and grateful.
But ultimately what I am and what I want is simple. I want to be an example. An example with one exception, for our students not to be me, but to be better than me.