I am an entrepreneur, former Army Captain, and self-taught developer. You can usually find me Ginger tea, MacBook Air in-hand, and building the family construction business or Operation Code. When not making things happen, I’m hanging with my daughters.
Founder & Executive Director
Operation Code - Portland, Oregon, Aug 2014 to April 2018
After a decade in uniform as an enlisted soldier & officer, I was astonished I couldn’t use my GI Bill education benefits to pay for tuition, room and board to learn to code at the Flatiron School. So during my exit off active-duty I began attending Ruby on Rails meetups and self-learning to write the first line of code of operationcode.org to petition Congress to expand the GI Bill to include, code schools. After a few short years, over a dozen code schools accept the New GI Bill, and this little known website has grown to become the largest online community of active military, guard & reserve troops, veterans and military spouses learning to code to change the world with software.
As a veterans-founded and led nonprofit focused on tech, Operation Code fulfills a need of current era veterans through our software mentorship program where volunteer engineers have mentored members in the 10s of thousands of hours, directed over 100 scholarships to conferences and education training, placed members at tech companies nationally, secured federal legislation, and hosted hundreds of meetups globally across 19-time zones.
What’s more amazing is the entire board of directors where I serve as chair, and team operates in a remote, decentralized operating environment using Slack as our central nerve center. I spend most of my time communicating the mission & vision, recruiting & retaining the best & brightest, and ensuring there’s enough money in the bank.
Co-Founder & CTO
BilingualHire - Portland, Oregon, Apr 2014 to Sep 2018
Tired of waiting for a co-founder to build out the product, I enrolled in One Month Rails on Skillshare and learned the basics of Ruby on Rails. In 2014, I took another stab after some Thinkful.com coursework and flushed out our MVP. The bilingual job posting service allows anyone to post a bilingual job opportunity gaining traction, users and important customer feedback.
In early 2016, rubyist and friend, Chris Hough joined as our first Ruby on Rails engineer to integrate this feedback and we re-launched the web application on May 30, 2016.
Plans, Training & Operations Officer (S-2/3 OIC), Public Affairs & Protocol Officer
Joint Personal Effects Depot - Dover AFB, Delaware, Feb 2011 to Feb 2013
Mobilized as a 1st Lieutenant and promoted to Captain upon arrival in a unique war-time, joint assignment I served in a key staff role to support the transition of the Joint Personal Effects Depot transition from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. As the S-2/3 OIC, I was the action officer on the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that hosted hundreds of VIP, senior military and Pentagon officials.
During 24 months on active-duty in a battalion staff role, I authored Standard Operating Procedures for new Dover AFB processes, established public affairs/protocol procedures coordinating all unit visits in conjunction with Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations (AFMAO)/Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) and Wing, including flag officers and Members of Congress. In this role, I served as the Army Liaison to the Secretary of the Army and Sergeant Major of the Army during President Obama’s visit to Dover in August 2011.
On the web front, I launched both our SharePoint for internal purposes to coordinate cross departmental efforts, and trained department personnel on HTML and page maintenance. Externally, I launched the command’s external website, a top-level domain at www.jped.mil using DotNetNuke, a CMS-platform.
I was humbled to be part of such an incredible mission taking care of the Families of the Fallen and our Wounded Service Members.
Co-Founder & Business Development
NestNote - New York City (remote), Jul 2012 to Oct 2012
I worked with co-founder & developer, Vitaliy Dikker, who I met at AngelHack on social note taking app, NestNote, which aimed to help people on Twitter capture reminders, to-do’s, notes, and store them privately for later viewing. Organic to Twitter, NestNote converted hashtags into “digital files” and tweets into reminders and notes. Users could use NestNote to create reminders and notes by simply adding a #hashtag (filename) and the user-handle @nestnote to the tweet and NestNote did the rest. Example:
#books Read Good to Great @nestnote
Unfortunately, we shut NestNote down after not getting the traction we expected, but I got hooked on building a tech startup and began my transition to learn to code and exit active-duty.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
BilingualHire Staffing Services - Portland, Oregon, June 2009 to Feb 2011
After returning from an 18-month active-duty mission at Aberdeen Proving Ground and a very short stint at the Oregon legislature I relaunched our bilingual staffing business and landed a few clients placing bilingual talent for temporary roles. During this period, I served on the Oregon Staffing Association Board of Directors as Legislative Director.
After Dover AFB, I evolved BilingualHire into an bilingual job posting service. Everything we did in staffing/ recruiting (and, training) is now performed at Edith’s new company at ThinkMujer.
House Committee on Veterans & Emergency Services - Salem, Oregon, Jan 2009 to June 2009
Fresh off active-duty, I spent 6 months staffing the House Committee on Veterans & Emergency for State Representative Jean Cowan at the Oregon Capitol in Salem. During my public service time here, I managed Representative Cowan and Committee Members veterans & emergency services legislative priorities with precision and drive. I learned how legislation becomes law and treasure the great mentorship by my Chair, Rep. Jean Cowan and her Chief of Staff, Patrick Sieng, as well as my Committee Services mentor, Patrick Brennan. My favorite memory was working on the WWII Memorial Highway legislation with Medal of Honor Bob Maxwell and retired Lt. Col Dick Tobiason of Bend, Oregon, and the many veterans organizations across the state doing amazing work.
Summary Court Martial Officer
Joint Personal Effects Depot - Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, Mar 2007 to July 2008
Mobilized and served 18 months active-duty in support of a unique joint organization responsible for the collection, inventory and return of the personal effects of Fallen Services Members and Wounded Service Members. During the latter half of my tour, I transferred over to staff and was tasked to co-author the Department of Defense Center for Army Lessons Learned JPED Handbook. After this extensive writing assignment, I authored dozens of operational improvement memos, authored and revised Standard Operating Procedures, and was assigned assistant billing official with additional coursework at the Pentagon. Prior to departing I created performance measures and certifications for improved readiness.
Aide-de-Camp to Army Brigadier General
104th Division - Vancouver Barracks, Washington, Jul 2005 to Dec 2006
As a fresh Army 2nd Lieutenant I was selected as Aide-de-Camp for Army Brigadier General Eldon Regua, Assistant Division Commander-Operations, the number two in the entire division, and helped his fulfill his duties at a 30,000 foot view.
In this role, I traveled extensively with General Regua coordinating all transportation and lodging, coordinate protocol, schedule meetings and visits, helped draft and provide editorial support on speeches, and worked closely with the Secretary of the General Staff, Maj. Ignacio Perez. Sometimes I would Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General, Maj. Gen. TK Moffett.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
RED Consulting Group, LLP - Beaverton, Oregon, Nov 2004 to Dec 2006
At the age of 25, I joined my college friend and girlfriend, Rosa Olivares & Edith Quiroz, respectively, to launch a Chicano/Latino consultancy and recruiting company despite being told we were too young, or having zero in the bank. We started off working out of our Beaverton apartment living room, and after a year expanded into a small Beaverton office. During this time, we led over a dozen executive bilingual searches, and conducted Latino cultural competency trainings throughout the state.
We closed our business in early 2007 as a result of impending military deployment. In early 2007, Oregon State University wrote an article, “Edith Molina in her own words” that touched on our consulting work. Edith still continues to do this consulting work under the ThinkMujer name.
Director of Fund Development & Special Projects
SMG Foundation - Portland, Oregon, Mar 2004 to Nov 2004
Served as the first Director of Fund Development & Special Projects for the Susannah Maria Gurule (SMG) Foundation, a Latina/o healthy advocacy community-based organization dedicated towards reducing health disparities by educating families and children, empowering young Latina women and breast-cancer preventative awareness.
During my short tenure, coordinated the Salud Familiar Latina/o Family Health Fair & Conference at the University of Portland, the Latinos & Diabetes Seminar for Primary Care Providers at the World Forestry Center, and won a $10K grant from the Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation for organizational facility improvements. I was also a member of the Willamette Valley Development Officers. I worked under the guidance of Executive Director, Marie Dahlstrom, and founder/board chair, Clara Padilla-Andrews.
El Hispanic News y Más - Portland, Oregon, Oct 2003 to Mar 2004
After Costa Rica I returned to the states determined to own a media company and write. I reached out to this historic Hispanic publication. I credit publisher/credit owner, Clara Padilla-Andrews, and editor-in-chief, Julie Cortez for giving me an opportunity to learn the trade. Wrote just a few articles in-between finishing up my political science degree:
Los Angeles, California: Dec 17, 2003, “Series of Spanish Rock Concerts Raises Scholarships for Hispanics.”
Woodburn, Oregon: Oct 29, 2003, “Latino Educational and Recreational Network Receives High Award.”
Institute for Central American Studies - San Jose, Costa Rica, July 2003 to Oct 2003
Accepted to an international internship (IE3) in San Jose, Costa Rica, I researched, drafted and published articles for the Institute for Central American Studies (ICAS) monthly journal, Mesoamerica, that focused on the realities of Central America and understanding of the region.
I cut my teeth here writing and credit the Executive Director, Linda Holland, for her persistence and helping me improve my writing. In 2014, ICAS was renamed to the Institute for Central American Development Studies. During my time in-country, I joined the Club de Montañismo at La Universidad de Costa Rica and trekked a ton on weekends to places that were not on tourist maps. I also improved my Spanish during this time.
104th Division - Salem, Oregon, July 2002 to June 2005
I was recruited to join this drill sergeant reserve unit based in Salem by the battalion commander, Lt. Col. Dan York. I ended up coming on board and became the Company Executive Officer under the guidance of the company commander, Capt. John Mills. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and did a lot of rucking through City of Salem w/ enlisted mentor, Staff Sgt. George Everts and a few to Dog Mountain with the drill sergeants.
364th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne)- Portland, Oregon, Feb 2001 to July 2002
After graduating bootcamp at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and AIT at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, I started my enlisted career as a Private First Class in the Special Functions Team here for drill-weekends, and mentored by Lt. Col Jon Lopey and Maj. Javier Valdez.
U.S. Army School of Infantry
Infantry Officer Basic Course - Fort Benning, Georgia, 2005
I spent summer 2005 living half the time in the Georgia woods planning, rehearsing and executing military training operations from across the country and Middle East. When not in the field, we spent time in garrison refinining our OPORD writing skills. Every morning we’d run 5ks to, “When my granny was 91” and “C-130 Rolling Down the Strip.”
Oregon State University
BA, Political Science - Corvallis, Oregon, 2001 to 2004
Activities and Societies: Student Government, Army ROTC, Sigma Nu Fraternity, Kalmekak and MEChA
During bootcamp I applied and was accepted for the 2000-2001 academic year and after basic headed off to Corvallis to start spring 2001. I fell in love with, “the study of who gets what, when and how,” and after a semester chose political science as my major. After 9/11, I contracted as an MS III cadet replacing my Private First Class (PFC) rank with Cadet rank and began one of the most rewarding journey’s to be a Commissioned Officer.
Skagit Valley College
AA - Mount Vernon, WA, 1997 to 2000
Activities and Societies: MEChA
I started at Skagit Valley College via the Running Start program where I took college coursework counting towards both high school and college credits. I founded the MEChA chapter here, and created the Gente del Sol festival and co-organized it for two-years to raise funds for scholarships.
Mount Vernon High School
Activities and Societies: Migrant Student Leadership Program, MEChA, National Youth Leadership Forum on Law & the Constitution
Diploma - Mount Vernon, WA, 1994 to 1997
I started off strong, but dropped out my sophomore year. Fed up with memorizations and pointless history lessons I started working at Olympic Fish Company (LaConner) gutting and weighing fish, and forklifting through the season into the spring before returning and finishing a year late. During the summers I worked for J&H Construction & Sakuma Brothers Farms. I credit Ms. Dianne Best, Dr. Ken Fox, Mrs. Maria Perez, and Mr. Daniel Reyes for squaring me away.
I enjoy using Ruby on Rails, Jekyll, and learning new web technologies. Currently, I’m learning Ember, Hugo and store all my code in GitHub. Prior to falling in love with building from scratch I used WordPress, SharePoint, and DotNetNuke.
Volunteer Experiences and Causes
Ruby on Rails PDX - Portland, Oregon, Feb 2016 to May 2016
Co-organizer with two other rubyist, Chris Hough and Layne McNish, bringing together developers and expose new folks to the rails application framework together in a comfortable, relaxed setting.
Dover Coders - Dover, Delaware, May 2012 to Feb 2013
Created and co-organized a Dover Coders meetup group with another JPED co-worker, Lawrence Wehle, while I was deployed to Dover AFB. We had over a dozen meetups, and it was rewarding meeting local experienced programmers.
Oregon Community Foundation, Latino Partnership Program - Sep 2013 to Present
Addressing Latino leadership throughout Oregon through a philanthropic lens.
OSU President’s Board of Visitors for Community and Inclusion - Apr 2009 to Oct 2010
Appointed by President Dr. Edward Ray to 22-person Board of Visitors to provide advice and recommendations for diversity recruitment and the retention of faculty, staff, and students.
Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs - Apr 2006 to Oct 2010
Governor-appointed to the commission, and in-between an active-duty mobilization, organized and co-hosted a community town hall on civil rights with Attorney General John Kroger, organized and co-hosted a community town hall on labor & employment rights with Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, organized and hosted a community town hall on healthcare with distinguished public health advocates and agencies, testified before Senate Health Care Committee on Latino health disparities, blogged and conducted numerous interviews on Spanish-language media, including: Univision, AlegreTV, LaGranD, LaPantera, and Tonalli Radio. In my final year, helped recruit Oregon Latino students to attend the 2010 U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) in Chicago.
Oregon State University Chicano/Latino Alumni Association - Corvallis, Oregon Apr 2006 to Oct 2010
Founded the OSU Chicana/o Alumni Association of Oregon State University (ChAOSU), formed first board of directors, raised funds and awarded annual book scholarships, organized and host annual campus reunions, launch an endowment scholarship fund for future generations, keynote at Si Se Pudo graduation, launch official OSU alumni page, and Facebook page.
“During my tenure with David I had the distinct pleasure of working with a true professional. David Molina is an excellent detailed planner and manager who has exceptional leadership qualities and skills. He is a motivated self starter who needs little or no guidance to accomplish any assigned tasks. In addition, he is exceptionally gifted when dealing with senior leadership on matters of management and orchestration of business process and flow. I would without reservation have David as a part of any team I am associated with. He is a genuine asset to add to any environment seeking a professional to enhance a management team.” –Chief Warrant Officer 3 (Ret.) William Couch, Associate, McCoy Solutions, LLC
“He is an exceptional person with an untiring attitude. He has a can-do attitude and spends as much time on a project as needed and goes back to recheck to make sure every problem and or situation is solved. He is very thorough and has an unending attention-to-detail attitude.” –Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Louis Hess
“1st class all the way is what comes to mind when I think of David Molina. A solid leader who has an intense passion for seeing others succeed. I had the privilege of meeting David while he served in the Army while he worked with Army Soldiers and Marines to make sure operations were top notch. David is a master networker and will carry that over into whatever he does.” –Marine Veteran Daryl Hill, Field Underwriter at NAA Life
“Worked with many Officers in the past, but David Molina is a leader that has what it takes to lead the troops. Great leader, firm but fair.” –Marine Gunnery Sgt. EJ Alvarez, USMC
“I worked with David while he was at Oregon State University and he was professional, warm and highly motivated. After David left OSU I was able to get him back as the keynote speaker for the OSU Convocation ceremony. Simply put he was outstanding. He was engaging, held the audience and his speech was organised and well thought out. The students heard him and he lit a fire under them. It is my honor to write this recommendation.” –Edie Blakley, Director of Career Services at Clark College
“Mr. Molina is a detail-oriented bilingual [English + Spanish] recruiter. His extensive knowledge and understanding of the Latina/o community is an invaluable asset as a service provider. His strengths as a strategic thinker allows him to meet client deadlines and deliver on-time and with high caliber results. We’ve hired him multiple times and he’s met our unique and challenging demands each and every time. He’s got an excellent track record with Linfield College - Portland Campus and we’ll continue to seek his services when the need arises. I highly recommend Mr. Molina to business/organizations seeking advise and support in diversifying their focus.” –Gerardo Ochoa, Administrator, Higher Education Professional Focused on Diversity and Finance
“David did a great job in promoting our annual Oregon Association of Latino Administrators conference when I was president of the Association. David worked diligently and was very thorough in his work.” –Gustavo Balderas, D.Ed., Past President, Oregon Association of Latino Administrators
“David is a visionary leader. He considers issues from a range of perspectives and brings thoughtfulness to his consultation. Additionally, David is very professional, organized and detailed in the work he produces. I highly recommend David. His work is high quality and targets the unique needs of your organization.” –Dr. Larry Roper, Professor, School of Language Culture and Society at Oregon State University
“Mr. David Molina is a proven leader and makes sound decisions. He leads by example and is motivated to help all team members succeed. While working with David, he presents himself in a positive manner and is focused on the objectives to complete. He is thorough and ensures that he provides top-notch services to whomever he is servicing. I highly recommend David!” –Terry C., Federal Contractor
“David exemplifies the passion, dedication and hard-work required to be a successful entrepreneur. I’ve known David since our college days where we worked together in different organizations serving as role-models to our Latino youth. The youth loved David because they could feel his energy and from-the-heart approach. It’s exciting to see that David has now focused this energy on BilingualHire where skies the limit!” –James Franco, Principal, Sabio One Technology
“I have had a relationship with David for the past 3-4 years in various capacities including his work with BilingualHire Company, OR Commission on Hispanic Affairs and SMG Foundation. In all instances he has proven to be extermely reponsive, positive, entrepreneurial with strong values and integrity. I am hoping to identify ways to partner with him both professionally and personally.” –Jeffrey Hattori, CEO at Nikkei Concerns
“David and his wife are special people with special talents. They both have the drive and energy to make a difference for individuals, groups and organizations. We are fortunate to have their commitment to live and work in Oregon.” –Mr. Jay C. Bloom, CEO at Bloom Anew
“No one knows the nature of his market that he serves better than David Molina. He is the perfect guide between the two cultures that he is charged himself with introducing.” –Jason Hitzert, Legislative Aide at State of Oregon
“David has a passion for finding the right talent for the right company. He is committed to empowering people and enriching the world around him. With Bilingual Hire he is combining his talent for recruiting and his love for the culture that is emerging as a key to the world economy. His clear vision for his company and his value for design has made him a great client.” –David Stewart, Creative Director at Postano
“David Molina is a knowledgeable entrepreneur and well respected political leader with military experience to drive key veteran issues. Molina’s work on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs has touched the lives of so many of our underserved Latino communities by creating focal points between our state government and the community. His interviews on Spanish-language radio and TV are helping shape, educate and empower the community to come forth and help shape public discourse. The lives of Portland-metro area Latino residents, through his forums and his community activism, benefit from his self-less service to the Hispanic Commission and additional boards he serves on. Without reservation, I highly recommend Molina to any organization looking to understand our Latino community.” –Emilio Canas, OSC ITDM App Engineer at Intel Corporation
“David organized a Hispanic Healthcare Forum that explored health care reform in the context of the Latino community. I was one of the speakers. It was well organized and well attended. The forum was a success.” –Peter Mahr, Staff Physician at Portland State University
“David is an excellent Commissioner on the Commission on Hispanic Affairs and I am familiar with his work and with his concern for his community and all communities of Color. He cares for all Oregonians but especially those who have not had the privilege of enjoying the full benefits of living in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. He is a defender of the rights of all people and works to end discrimination of all types. I am proud to endorse this outstanding man and his community and life’s work.” –Everette L. Rice, Former Commissioner, Oregon Commission on Black Affairs
“David is a strong and compassionate person. He is a person of great intergrity and is an outstanding community leader. I am honored to know him through the years.” –David Kong, Former Commissioner, Oregon Commission on Asian Affairs
“David is currently President of the OSU Alumni Association’s Chicano/a Latino/a Alumni Group. David was the driving force behind the creation of our first cultural affinity group. He spent endless hours contacting other OSU graduates in an effort to bring the group to realization. Due to David’s efforts, the group now has a committed group of officers and members. The Chicano/a Latino/a Alumni Group now coordinates a calendar of yearly activities as well. In addition, David has been instrumental in developing an endowment to support the group’s newly created Dr. Manuel Pacheco scholarship. To accomplish this, David met with staff at the OSU Foundation to determine appropriate scholarship award amounts, applicant criteria and an endowment goal that would perpetually support the yearly awards. However, David did not stop there. He personally approached alumni, faculty, staff, community members and businesses to donate the monies needed to establish the endowment. Oregon State values the tremendous amount of drive and effort that David gives our university. He is a goal and task oriented individual. He consistently proves that when he has a goal, he will find a means to accomplish it in a very timely and effective manner.” –Mealoha McFadden, Event Coordinator, Oregon State University Events
“David possesses the unique combination of skills that make him a natural leader. He is passionate, articulate, committed, and capable. Through his work with the CLAA, he has honed his skills in managing volunteer boards, fundraising, networking, and building partnerships. I recommend David for any position that calls for a caring leader who maximizes his own strengths and surrounds himself with people who complete his abilities.” –Karen Shaw, Associate Vice President for University Advancement at Central Washington University
“Diligence, diplomacy, and details. Mr. Molina immediately showed himself to be a true professional. His actions backed it up; always timely, and followed through while juggling a myriad of bills, committee members, and still took the time to be friendly, courteous, accessible and extremely helpful in navigating the legislative waters. Thank you, David.” –Nicholina Terzieff, President at Leading Edge Public Affairs
“Had the opportunity to work with David to advance a much needed change to vets housing grant policy. He did an excellent job of advocating for veterans while maintaining impartiality as a Committee Administrator. A solid professional and a solid guy all around.” –Ree Armitage, Aide to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
“David was such a pleasure to work with as the committee administrator for the House Committee on Veterans & Emergency Services. His pleasant attitude and great follow through made our interaction such a positive experience!” –Jana Jarvis, President at Paladin Public Affairs, Inc.
“I had the opportunity to work with David on preparing and presenting testimony before the House Committee on Veterans and Emergency Services. I found David to be extremely professional and organized. It was a pleasure working with him on this project.” –Ritu Sahni, EMS Physician and Emergency Physician
“David is a highly skilled communicator who can work successfully under difficult conditions with a wide range of people and personalities.” –Betty Komp, State Representative at State of Oregon
“David is a passionate advocate for veterans’. Although we worked together for a brief period, I truly believe David is a smart, resourceful, and earnest professional. I believe that the Governor’s Veterans’ package was improved through David’s efforts. He played an important role in helping us navigate the waters of the legislative process and thousands of veterans’ will have a fundamentally better life because of his work. He is a good man that tries to make a difference every day.” –Paul Evans, Representative-Elect, Oregon House of Representatives (District 20) at State of Oregon
“I was impressed by David Molina’s work as a Committee Administrator to the Legislature. He is intelligent and energetic, sought a range of viewpoints and was accessible to discuss the status of committee bills. He also had first hand knowledge about many of the topics that he worked on.” –Ann Hanus, Policy Manager at Association of Oregon Counties