Because Every Team Needs a Superhero

You may be wondering who you’ll be working with should you partner up with HumanIT Project. To introduce our team members, we’re launching a mini-blog series. Each month, a team member will introduce themselves.

Tina Traini was instrumental in standing up HumanIT Project and has led every HIT project and working engagement thus far. Who is this person YOU could be working with? Read on to find out!

When I was a kid, I wanted to be Wonder Woman. Admittedly mostly for the fancy costume but the idea of helping others and fighting for good was also a draw. As I grew up, I followed a typical path: get good grades, achieve a professional degree (I am an Electrical Engineer with a Drama minor) and get a good job (working for Accenture for nearly 15 years). I can say I was very successful at all of the above but, in my twenties, I started to remember the draw to the superhero and longed for something more. Some way to give back.

During my time at Accenture, I was fortunate to be selected for a special program that allowed me to engage with Plan International. Through this program, I spent time in England, Sierra Leone, Kenya and India helping Plan design, build, test and deploy a new global system to support child sponsorship. One day, sitting in an office/trailer in Freetown, Sierra Leone, writing test conditions for User Acceptance, I realized that it was possible to combine my education and experience to help make this world a better place. I was hooked.

It took a few years distracted by delivery of numerous client programs but eventually I made my transition to the development world. My departure from the consulting giant came with a unique opportunity to work with an organization I had been in love with for many years: Right To Play (RTP). Thanks to a donation from Microsoft, I was able to help RTP build technology solutions to support their business and field activities and to establish a strong IT basis across their global office network. I am still unsure of who learned more during my time at RTP but I was happy to share my knowledge and teach the team all about IT, technology programs and project management while being a sponge for all things program development and delivery, sponsorship/grant management and monitoring and evaluation.

As with all good things, that experience came to an end in 2016 and I found myself back in the IT consulting world once again. I was happy to be back but I kept my eyes open for the next Wonder Woman opportunity. That’s when I found HumanIT.

I am ecstatic to be a part of the HumanIT family bringing my unique perspective to the team and our partners. Having been on both sides of the equation, I understand the unique context and constraints of dealing with donors and delivering programming locally and globally and I know the path to successful and useful technology projects.

Stay tuned next month for team member Shan Gu’s blog. In the meantime, we look forward to helping you and your organization increase their superpowers!

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