Meet the EDD: Daniella Djiogan

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Our “Meet the EDD” blog series profiles a member of our team. Through our interviews, we hope you get to know the hardworking members of our staff that are dedicated to the economic vitality of Charles County.


Daniella Djiogan joined the EDD in October 2018 and serves as the department’s Project Coordinator. In her role, she coordinates activities, programs, and office operations for redevelopment programs and other departmental projects.  She also serves as a liaison between internal and external stakeholders, assisting in program planning and development.

 

Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD): What is your favorite thing about working for the EDD?

Daniella Djiogan (DD): The people, the freedom to take on projects, the emphasis on professional growth, and the overall work environment, which enables me to comfortably walk into my supervisor’s office and bounce off ideas, ask questions, and learn from other vast and diverse experiences.

 

EDD: How do you describe your job to your family and friends (in laymen’s terms)?

DD: To put it simply, I describe my job as impactful since it mostly has to do with constantly researching development practices, looking at the best case studies from other jurisdictions to see if we can successfully adapt and implement key projects that would spur economic growth and ameliorate the lives of our county’s residents.

 

EDD: What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

DD: I would like to learn how to swim because it is one of those necessary skills everyone needs to know.


EDD: If you could travel back in time to any period in history, when would it be and why?

DD: It would be fascinating to travel back thousands of years to pre-colonial Africa to immerse myself in the daily lives of our ancestors, listen to their unique stories, and accurately record their discoveries, languages, and cultural practices.

 

EDD: What’s the last best dish you cooked?

DD: Since I can rarely find any ingredients here to make my favorite authentic tribal dish from Cameroon, I enjoy cooking and single-handedly consuming a whole pot of rice and stew - especially groundnut stew with chicken and a side of plantains.

 

EDD: What is the latest book that you read?

DD: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. It’s an inspiring autobiographical memoir which opened my eyes and taught me to take on challenges, never stop learning, and continually reinvent myself to be the best version of me.

 

EDD: Who inspires you?

DD: My family, especially my parents because of their love, sacrifice, and continuous encouragement to break down barriers and succeed.

 

Want to get in touch with Daniella? Connect with her on LinkedIn or via email at DjioganD@MeetCharlesCounty.com.

 

 

Views from Charles

#MyCharlesCounty and other ways to make a difference

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2019

For those who work in economic development, pointing out a community’s assets is part of the job.  But sometimes, it’s what its citizens say that makes a difference.  This is a true story told by a local businessman who’s now in Southern Maryland but moved here from another state. 

“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice
President

Just Tech

 

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck

Owner

Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn

President

The Welburn Organization