Many of our accomplishments come from a small act from someone else – we all need someone to lend an ear or a hand, give us words of encouragement, or show us the way. Most importantly we need to know there is a path for us and we can do the hard work necessary to follow that path.
Matt Brogdon is the Executive Director of Hesperus, a third generation veteran, a former Army soldier, and a graduate of the US Air Force Academy. After twenty years of recruiting and engagement experience with the Fortune 500, he realized that corporations were falling far short in their diversity hiring and retention efforts, and that many only paid lip service to their diversity recruiting and retention plans. Matt created Hesperus to train and employ Native Americans and Alaska Natives for the technology jobs of the 21st century and address the digital technology chasm between modern American life and many tribal communities.
Matt is a gay man and father of three, and is happiest with his family camping and exploring the American West or watching October baseball with the Red Sox in the post-season playoff hunt.
Charissa Wood currently works as a Sr. Administrative Assistant with QuickFee a FinTech company and supports Hesperus as a Public Relations Specialist. She is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and has worked in the financial services industry for over 12 years while completing her B.S. in Business Administration.
Charissa has a passion for gaining organization and business development skills in hopes of contributing towards tribal communities. This idea was planted when she created a Native American Club at Piedra Vista High School in 2001.
She was born on the Navajo reservation and has a long-term goal of building a sustainable community on her tribal lands in New Mexico. She is a descendent of Navajo Rug Weavers and was given the Navajo name “Tetibah” by her grandmother who is the head of the family as is Navajo tradition. Charissa also enjoys painting, salsa dancing, running, and learning the fancy shawl technique (pow wow dancing style).