MBE Spotlight: Devin Jackson

Devin Jackson is a distinguished technology leader and entrepreneur, currently serving as the CEO at GrahamStak, a dynamic IT firm specializing in government contracting. At GrahamStak, Devin leverages his extensive technical expertise and strategic vision to drive innovative solutions for government projects, particularly those requiring highly skilled cloud and cybersecurity personnel.

In addition to his role at GrahamStak, Devin is the founder of We Build Black, a professional networking organization dedicated to empowering Black software engineers. Under his leadership, We Build Black has grown to over 3000 members, hosting impactful events and conferences that promote diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Devin’s commitment to fostering community and professional growth is evident through his initiatives that provide networking, mentorship, and career development opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech. His dual focus on advancing government technology and supporting minority tech professionals highlights his dedication to creating a more inclusive and innovative industry.

About GrahamStak

GrahamStak is a leading IT firm specializing in cybersecurity, cloud services, and custom web solutions. Our primary differentiator in staffing is our robust pipeline of technologists based in the NYC area. This local talent pool allows us to meet the high demand for 100% onsite professionals, a common requirement of NYC agencies. Our expertise and strategic location make us a trusted partner for organizations seeking top-notch, secure, and reliable IT solutions tailored to their specific needs.

What does being a minority business, or supporting minority businesses, mean to you?

Being a minority business, or supporting minority businesses, holds profound significance both personally and professionally. It encapsulates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the economic landscape, recognizing the unique challenges and opportunities that minority-owned enterprises encounter. To me, it represents a multifaceted endeavor that involves promoting social justice, driving economic growth, fostering innovation, and creating resilient communities. 

How has being certified with the NMSDC helped your business?

Being certified has profoundly impacted my business, offering a multitude of benefits that have propelled our growth, expanded our network, and enhanced our credibility. The certification process itself was rigorous, but it validated our status as a minority-owned business and opened doors to a plethora of opportunities that were previously inaccessible. The following are key ways in which NMSDC certification has helped my business.

What is one thing you wish you had known when you were starting out in your career?

Starting out in my career, there are countless lessons I’ve learned along the way. However, if I could pinpoint one crucial piece of advice I wish I had known, it would be the importance of building and leveraging a strong professional network. The value of networking extends far beyond the surface-level exchange of business cards; it is about creating meaningful connections that can offer guidance, support, and opportunities throughout one’s career.

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