September's Local Hero: Catina DeBord

September 22, 2023

Science & Engineering Hall

Every person in the GW Engineering community contributes to the fabric and culture of what makes us great and unique. As an institution of higher education, we often celebrate the achievements of our students and faculty. However, without the tireless work of GW Engineering staff, nothing would be possible. From our facilities, to our technology, to supporting our events, the staff at GW Engineering keeps our school moving forward. Each month we will highlight one staff member in our Local Hero editorial feature. Take the time to meet the people who are at the foundation of our school.

In the Computer Science Department, Department Operations Manager Catina DeBord works hard to ensure its students, faculty, and academic programs are well supported. Read below to learn more about September’s Local Hero, Catina DeBord! :

Catina DeBord

Q: How long have you been working at GW and what is your position?
A: I am the Department Operations Manager for the Department of Computer Science. I have been working at GW for almost 10 years.

Q: What led you to this career?
A: My first “real job” out of undergrad was in higher education operations. I have changed universities and roles several times, but I keep coming back to higher education.

Q: Why did you choose GW?
A: My husband took a job in D.C. and I visited GW when I was in high school. So, when it came time for me to look for a higher education job in the D.C. area, GW was top of mind.

Q: What is one thing you wish you’d known when you started working at GW?
A: How much more than a job it would become to me.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at GW Engineering?
A: Solving and preventing problems as part of a team.

Q: Why would someone want to work at GW Engineering?
A: For me, my co-workers are a compelling reason, as is the energy, creativity, and openness of the students.

Q: What’s your ideal way to spend the weekend?
A: Getting outside or having a new experience that I think I will enjoy.

Q: What's one of your favorite memories from the past year?
A: Walking with my Dad on the Appalachian Trail.