Meet the Team: Summer 2018 Part 1
Meet the newest members of the U.S. Digital Service family.
Anissa Pérez, She/Her, Talent Team at U.S. Digital Service, from Silver Spring, MD
I am on the Talent Management team at USDS and am currently detailed to the Digital Service at Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to the Federal Government, I managed a scholarship program at a national non-profit organization in Washington, DC. My previous experience includes developing educational publications, recruiting students from across the United States, researching and recommending policy recommendations, and pushing for and managing the national non-profit’s change from paper to digital applications (part of their history!).
What do you most value in your friends?
That they love me wholeheartedly — flaws and all (I love them unconditionally as well)!
Where would you most like to live?
Oaxaca, Mexico — incredible art, delicious food, rich culture, powerful activism, music, and fun daily activities — what’s not to love?
What is the quality you most like in a fellow human?
That they have respect and love for others — no matter the race, color, socio-economic status, creed, sexual orientation, age, etc. One love!
Melissa Carrasco, She/Her, Engineer at Digital Service Veterans Affairs, from Sacramento, CA
The past 3 years, I was in Seattle working as a Software Engineer at Amazon. Prior to Amazon, I was a Software Engineer at Hewlett-Packard. With USDS, I am at Veteran Affairs working on modernizing the way veterans can apply for benefits.
What do you value most in your friends?
Their sense of humor.
Who are your favorite writers?
Reading is one of my favorite things to do. A few of my favorite writers are Isabel Allende, Shel Silverstein, Alice Walker, Natsuo Kirino and Dean Koontz.
Who is your hero of fiction?
Squirrel Girl (she’s unbeatable).
Allyce Husband, She/Her, Content Design at Digital Service Veterans Affairs, from Chicago
As a Designer at USDS, I am working with the VA to streamline the veteran appeals process, or the process by which veterans can appeal a claim decision made by the VA. Prior to the USDS, I worked as a Content Designer at Fjord in Chicago. Some time before that, I worked as an intern in the Press & Public Affairs Department at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, and now I’m back in the federal government after six years.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Wandering through the winding streets of Rome, Italy — gelato in hand and no particular agenda.
What is your motto?
Everything will work out in the end.
Who is your hero of fiction?
Hermione Granger. She’s intelligent and clever, but also a rule breaker when it’s the right thing to do. She’s compassionate and empathetic towards others (I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter in the mail).
Francisco Eduardo Rosado Naranjo (Frankie), He/Him, Special Assistant at U.S. Digital Service HQ, from Palm Bay, FL
Prior to USDS I was working for ADP, the human capital management company. Before that I was finishing up my Masters in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on Developing Areas (International Development). I was mostly spending quality time with my family and playing with my brilliant and strong niece.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I zone out, more so I zone in. When I’m in deep thought I will stare at random points on the wall or have extreme focus in what task I’m doing. So sometimes people will say something to me or try to get my attention and I completely don’t hear them. My apologies ahead of time, I promise I’m not ignoring you. I want to listen to your comments, questions, and concerns.
What is your favorite occupation?
Definitely an Auror for Ministry of Magic. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.
What is your motto?
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” — Oscar Wilde
Sheri Bernard Trivedi, She/ Her, Content Strategist at U.S. Digital Service HQ
Throughout my career, I’ve worked on user documentation at Autodesk and Salesforce, building deep knowledge of how their users interact with their products. Most recently, I’ve spent 4 ½ years at GitHub, creating the documentation for their suite of products and applications, as well as building the extremely talented, diverse team that writes and maintains that content. At USDS, I’m thrilled to bring my ability to write for unique audiences to help people who depend on government services, which is everyone!
Which talent would you most like to have?
A photographic memory.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is your greatest regret?
When I was younger, I said “no” to opportunities a lot to avoid risk. It’s tough to think about what could have been if I’d said “yes” more, but saying it now as often as I can has worked pretty well!
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And we want you.
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If you have questions regarding employment with the U.S. Digital Service, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit usds.gov/join.