My name’s Daniel Howard Torraca. I was born and raised in Northern Virginia. For the last 3 years I worked with a group of people that grew to be some of my best friends. Together, under the leadership of a visionary, we built an organization called Think of Us.
During our time together, we organized and ran the first ever hack-a-thon at the White House specifically centered around foster care which lead to policy changes and regulatory shifts effecting the field to date. We went all over the world, talking to groups of professionals in both technology and human service about putting youth at the center of their own lives. We built both a web and mobile application that are (since this year) both fully functional. We partnered with states and system service providers on the ground and worked hands on with the young people who’s lives we were trying to change.
While working with the team, I communicated directly with developers, videographers, program directors, operations departments, and clients to create everything from brochures to screen interfaces to running and coordinating events. I worked hands on with the populations we served and learned skills that I believe will serve me for a life-time.
During the first two years or so, I worked largely by myself with support from team-members and mentors alike. When we finally were able to bring on another qualified designer earlier in 2018, I had the privilege of working with Liz Ramirez. Together, Liz and I worked to create a collaborative system for designing screens, program deliverables, and practices that honored how highly we respect our users.
I am incredibly humbled to have had the experiences I had and I’m looking forward (eagerly) to what the future might hold. Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to working together soon.