Jaime Gonzalez-Capitel Martorel, CCT 2016
Undergraduate institution and major: Universidad Autonoma (Madrid, Spain), Philosophy
Area of focus in CCT: My personal idea is that technological literacy is a must for any professional seeking employment in a knowledge-centric organization, so I did as many methods courses as I could: statistics, social network analysis, expressive computation, content analysis, and semantic analysis.
What did you do before CCT? I worked at a Spanish nonprofit for graduate training programs, created a journal in the humanities with my Philosophy friends, worked as a freelance translator, and did some volunteering for a Freedom of Information nonprofit.
What activities did you participate in during CCT? I was a graduate associate at CNDLS, where I met an amazing, talented team that I truly respect, and I co-founded and coordinated the Car Barn Labs.
Why did you choose CCT? Since I wanted to analyze the transparency of think tanks and how it relates to their communication strategies, I was looking for communications programs in DC and CCT seemed like a perfect fit for me: a friendly environment where a philosopher like me could add methods and insights from the social sciences. I came to CCT thanks to a Fulbright grant.
What surprised you about CCT? The enormously diverse range of skillsets and talent that we can draw from.
What are you doing now? I am currently working as digital strategist for a software company that sells a cloud-based project management software globally. That makes me, as a friend once said on LinkedIn, a research and content ninja. My weeks regularly include a lot of writing, meetings with partners, designing marketing campaigns, talking to customers to better understand their needs, and UX design sessions with the product development team. I wouldn’t have landed the job without this article (new window) I wrote for gnovis.