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Meet Jay Hammonds

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jay Hammonds.

Jay Hammonds, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, currently works on the Executive Support Engineering Team at Facebook, his team is responsible for IT Support & Project Management for Facebook Executives. His primary objective is to ensure the executives are efficient and effective from a technical standpoint while providing creative technical solutions. Prior, he led IT for the Instagram team for four years, in total he has been at Facebook for almost nine years.

In 2012, Jay helped create the Year Up @ Facebook program which has helped bring in nearly 400 diverse interns. In the community, Jay serves as an advisor, board member and mentor and consultant for a multitude of bay area and national community organizations. His focus is on bridging the gap between tech and underrepresented youth while also helping building tech curriculums for inner-city students landed him on 60 Minutes and the 2018 Class for Forbes 30 Under 30 in the field of Enterprise: Technology.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No road is always going to be smooth. There have been many challenges, all of them, I embrace and look at as learning experiences. My earliest challenges were growing up in Bay Area inner city. There, learning

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
At Facebook, I responsible for technical initiatives involving Facebook Executives across our family of apps. Work including technical support, technical project management, and engineering solutions to ensure our executive staff is efficient as possible. I am most proud about the impact of the work my team does, The Executive Engineering team has a unique outlook of Facebook internally. We solve a vast amount of issues and mostly work behind the scenes which is pretty cool.

At the core of my work as a technologist, I solve problems, no matter big or small. I have to have a wide range of knowledge in areas of hardware, software, enterprise tech and collaboration tooling and even some video production skills have been needed.

I’d say I am known for being able to be the nerd who makes tech cool, being a role model for what’s possible while taking a different route from college (college dropout). My story just happened to be 60 minutes feature.

Outside of Facebook, I use my time to focus on other things that matter a great deal to me; Youth Development, Public Speaking, Small Business Development and Technical Consulting. Using my experiences and expertise to better help communities. Some notable organizations I have worked with are Forbes, The United Nations, The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Anyone I have ever worked with deserves credit for my success. I am a firm believer that no man or woman is self-made. It takes a village.

I have had countless conversations with people that have helped me. I considered my mentor’s people that inspire me to be better and teach me. That goes from students that I have met to other executives I have had the opportunity to interact with.

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Primary Photo: Taken by Don Gibson (@_donhansen / @thewkender_)

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