Clair Koroma

Expert
Defense Digital Service

Clair is in her element when using her super-power of persuasion to develop relationships that help teams to get things done! She has an innate ability connect the right people to the right resources to make great churn happen. Undaunted by any challenge, at her core she is a tech nerd who has done and managed the work. Those experiences, added to her super powers, EQ, tech IQ, policy/procurement/budget knowledge, and management magic, make her a genius at helping many different types of teams to be successful at doing things.

At the Defense Digital Service (DDS) she leverages her diverse background as a Bureaucracy Hacker in the areas of Project Management, Budget, and Procurement. In this role, she works to establish and bolster DDS relationships with partner organizations including Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER). Currently, she is helping to manage a diverse portfolio including one in the Jyn Erso Portfolio of projects, a partnership effort with ARCYBER . This portfolio of projects leverages the expertise of DDS Designers, Product/Project Owners, Bureaucracy Hackers, and Engineers to help the Army attract, train and retain top technical talent. Clair manages the Digital Dojo project, which is an effort to reimagine and redesign the technical training for the enlisted ARCYBER soldiers (17CAIT). She also supports the full Jyn Erso portfolio by helping to remove policy, budget, and procurement blockers where needed.

Clair is also managing the design, build, and establishment of DDS' first Satellite location in Augusta, GA in proximity to Fort Gordon, ARCYBER headquarters. Called Tatooine, this space is slated to open in May 2019 with 10,500 SqFt of space that is imprinted with the DNA and spirit of DDS' HQ at the Pentagon. Upon completion, it will serve as another location to support continued partnership projects between DDS and DOD components to help solve impossible/hard tech problems that leave the needs of users unmet.

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