Founder Gerald Moore Sr. always tells people that he was an engineer at 10 years old, constantly tinkering, designing and even occasionally blowing stuff up.
“I read a lot about electronics as a kid, but that just didn’t transition into education,” Moore told Technical.ly. “I never had a Black, male educator my whole K-12 experience. So not having anybody who can relate to who you are, and then just growing up in a disadvantaged and underserved school district and community, never brought out who I was until I had an opportunity to get an engineering degree.”
In response, Moore, whose career includes stints at SAIC, Booz Allen Hamilton and Cerner, founded Mission Fulfilled 2030 in 2019. The Dulles, Virginia-based org partners with schools and organizations to offer workforce training for Black boys to enter the tech field, specifically in IT and cybersecurity. Recently, the nonprofit was one of 11 finalists for a $1 million award from the Maryland-based Gula Tech Foundation.