DynCorp International financial analyst, Development, Eddy Valda is featured in the November/December 2012 issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal. Valda shares his personal story of how his work at DI has helped fulfill his own American dream.
Thought Leaders – The American Dream
Diversity Journal included columns from several leaders at world-renowned companies who share how their personal and corporate stories related to the American dream. In his own column Valda, a native of Bolivia, describes his work with projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“While engaged in such work in Bolivia, one of the most challenging projects that I worked on involved anticorruption. It was incredibly difficult, but a calling that I found important to pursue,” said Valda.
Coming to DynCorp International
When he continued to pursue work in the international development field, Valda interviewed with Casals & Associates, a DynCorp International business.
“During my first interview I met with an American woman to discuss potential opportunities. As I left the interview, I was concerned that my English was not strong enough to secure a position,” Valda commented.
However, after three interviews, he was offered a position to support an anticorruption project.
“I was thrilled to be able to use the expertise from my previous position to assist on a program where everyone was exhibiting honesty and hard work,” he said.
Fulfilling a Dream
After working with Casals & Associates for two years in his home country, Valda was given the opportunity to work at DynCorp International headquarters in Falls Church, Va. He moved his family to the U.S. and is in the process of obtaining permanent residency and eventually become an American citizen.
“I have to confess that living in the U.S. was always a secret dream of mine and I feel so fortunate to now be living and working in this great country – it is my American Dream,” said Valda.
Casals & Associates
Casals & Associates, Inc. (Casals), a DynCorp international company, is an international development firm delivering groundbreaking solutions to social, institutional and political challenges. Casals works globally addressing democracy and governance, rule of law and justice, local governance, conflict management and recovery, health and other urgent issues facing societies today.
About Profiles in Diversity Journal
Profiles in Diversity Journal, now in its 14th year, is a bi-monthly magazine focusing on diversity/inclusion in business, government, non-profit, higher education and military settings. The focus of the Journal is on senior leadership, best practices, workforce diversity strategies, and recognition of employee contribution.