Optoro is made up of a diverse collection of individuals who have come together to achieve a single mission–to transform the reverse logistics industry by finding homes for used and excess goods. We like to highlight that diversity with our Employee Spotlight blog series, during which we sit down with an employee every month to hear a little bit about the people who make the Optoro culture so distinctive.

How would you describe yourself in 10 keywords or fewer?
Creative, calculated, forward-thinking, hungry, and fun.

What is your role at Optoro, and what do you do?
I’m a senior data engineer at Optoro and my job is to build, test, and monitor our data pipelines.  On the data team, we collect information from every aspect of our business and deliver that in a digestible format for internal users and clients through Optiturn. With these final data products we’re able to deliver actionable information about the health of our system, and insights into products we can improve over time. We’re also delivering data to our data scientists for use in training and creating predictive models for our system.

What did you do before Optoro, and why did you choose to work at Optoro?
Before Optoro, I was a data engineer at a voter registration information company that provided data to political activist groups and campaigns. I chose to work at Optoro to advance the company’s data capabilities and help build a data culture by empowering users across the company. 

What is the most important thing you have learned since starting at Optoro?
The most important thing I’ve learned is the ability to communicate with many different department stakeholders and use that feedback to produce better products. In data, we’re able to interface with every department at Optoro and that has expanded my knowledge outside of just technical teams to serve our customer and stakeholder needs.  

What is the best part of working at Optoro?
The best part of working at Optoro is the people. It’s always interesting to meet with people that take great pride in their craft and bring that passion to work every day. It really makes my job easier when everybody is as engaged and interested in data as I am.

What would you most likely be doing on a normal Saturday afternoon in your free time?
During the winter months, my favorite Saturdays will be spent on a mountain snowboarding, and in the summer months you can find me at the beach.  When in DC I’ll typically be checking out whatever events are happening around town or hanging at Meridian Hill Park.