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.