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Mark Vega

Vega, Mark

Job Title: Senior Technical Program Manager
Company: Cruise
Industry: Automotive Technology
Mentor Since: Fall 2020
Will Mentor: Undergrad Students
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Job Description

Supporting critical infrastructure programs for Cruise's IT department including end user support, client platform engineering, and enterprise applications. Driving and owning business process to enable teams to be high-performing and reduce overhead.

Company Description

A self-driving service designed for the cities we love! Cruise is an industry leader in self-driving/automated vehicle services that will transform the way we commute to and from places. We are passionate about creating the most inclusive, reliable, and safe method of transportation built on cutting edge technology.

Employment History

I've worked in a variety of roles including systems analyst, web developer, implementation manager and most recently program manager roles. I've spent the majority of my career at Microsoft until recently in March 2021 decided to move to the Automotive + Technology industry with Cruise.

Education

-B.A. - Seattle University Class of 2007
-Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
-Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

I'm pretty open to whatever Mentees want support with including but not limited to identifying what your passions are, ways to increase your networking abilities, and fine-tuning resume/interview prep. I'm also a good sounding board for any crazy ideas you may have as I find those ones to be the most fruitful for discussions!

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Due to COVID-19 I will most likely opt for virtual meetings. While I'm fully vaccinated, I want to ensure the safety and health of everyone is top priority. As time progresses, we can evaluate which method is most comfortable for you.

Additional Information

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area but OFFICIALLY call Seattle my "home town" this September having moved to Seattle in 2003 (over 18 years ago!). I love all things food, Seattle Sounders FC, Xbox, and most recently pixel art!