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Ratisha Smith


Ratisha was raised in Pahokee, FL by her grandparents, Cuthbert and Doris Edwards in Pahokee, FL. She attended Canal Point Elementary School and graduated from Pahokee Middle/Senior High School. While in school she spent countless hours volunteering in the special education classrooms. She also used her abilities to create different dance groups through out Pahokee, giving children an outlet to express themselves through dance and music.  Her achievements and abilities as a student resulted in her receiving a music scholarship to attend Florida A&M University. At Florida A&M University, she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, with a concentration in programming and engineering.   After graduating from Florida A&M University, she went on to receive a Masters of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix


Upon graduating from Florida A&M University, Ratisha was recruited to work as a computer programmer for Lockheed Martin’s Aerospace Division.  Her responsibilities in this position were to create and maintain software that processed, stored and retrieved data. In 2007, she moved on to work for BAE Systems as a Software Engineer for the United States Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC), contributing to efforts on mission critical systems.  Seeking continued challenges, she landed a job working for the FBI as a Lead Software Engineer on multiple projects at the end of her time with BAE Systems.  In this position she mentored junior developers in addition to managing her own projects from start to delivery.

In 2016 Ratisha left the FBI to work as an Application Manager at the Pentagon under the direction of Press Secretary Dana White. At the Pentagon, she managed a team of engineers and was responsible for advising and assisting in the development and maintenance of public-facing DOD web applications. 


QUAD22 Technologies

Ratisha started her own technology company QUAD22 Technologies with the goal to improve the IT structure, strategy and stature of small businesses and organizations through consulting.   QUAD22 Technologies is seeking partnerships with educational entities (schools systems, trade schools, etc.) to implement training programs that would effectively up-skill participants who currently have non-technical careers into IT professionals.



Ratisha is committed to improving the lives of others. She is the Co-Founder and Vice President of (LEAP) Leading Education Arts Program. LEAP was founded in 2015 as a non-profit organization for special needs and at-risk children and is servicing schools in the Fredericksburg, VA area by providing mentorship and performing arts classes free of charge.

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