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A one-time classical pianist in training, today I harness that creative streak to bring data science solutions to Booz Allen clients.
My team uses sophisticated analytics tools to understand how to fight cancer with genomics, or protect the nation from cyber attacks. I lead on these fronts by reimagining possibilities, asking why, and caring passionately about people.
As a chief data scientist, Peter Guerra leads the firm’s cybersecurity data science and artificial intelligence business. He provides strategy and technical leadership for agencies such as the Department of Defense, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security. He has also consulted with chief information officers at Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook.
Peter’s key areas of expertise include:
Peter also sits on the advisory board for the Information Science and Operations Management department at Loyola University Maryland.
Prior to joining the firm, Peter worked in the engineering department of ARINC, where he provided software engineering and systems development for highly available and distributed systems.
Peter holds a B.A. in English and a B.S. in computer and information science from the University of Maryland, as well as an M.B.A. from Loyola University Maryland.
What are you passionate about in your work with Booz Allen? I like transforming our clients to be more data-driven and empowering our people to really help drive that and succeed in their own endeavors.
Why is Booz Allen a great match for your team? The type of work we do is amazing. Our team is understanding how to fight cancer using genomics, health records, and data science, or we might be protecting the nation from cyberattacks, or we might be finding fraud on a national level. Our staff is passionate around solving those hard problems. It excites them and invigorates them. They are supporting decision makers and the government—big things in our nation.
How do you help your clients prepare for the future? We focus on asking why. It’s our consultative approach. We want to fit our solution into the context of the solution. We prepare our people to push the boundaries and never be satisfied with the simple answers. We dig deeper and extract more value.
Where do you see Booz Allen in the next 100 years? The world will always need smart people to help solve problems. I believe we will be the ones called to come and solve those problems.
What’s affecting your clients most? Change—everyone hates change. It’s human nature. They are also looking at the rapid increases in technology and their mission. They may be unsure of the overall impact to them. We want to help them re-imagine their mission.
How do you motivate your team? We have a collaborative culture. I want people to feel passion. It’s hard because solutions can be difficult, and people hate change. So, we are in the trenches with our clients, working through it. I know we are on the right path when people start to get uncomfortable. That means change is happening and we are on the right track.
What is the best business advice you’ve been given in your career? I have four tenets I work from. One, abide by your handshake; integrity and trust is everything. Two, work like hell. Don’t give up and keep striving when the roadblocks come. Three, enjoy what you are doing. Otherwise, it’s a job and you are being managed. And last, innovate and think of new things. And ask why at least 50 times.
Give us two words to describe you in high school: Geeky and awkward.
What was your first job? I delivered a newspaper route on my bike when I was 12.
What advice would you give yourself as a young professional? I would make it easier on myself and just focus on one thing. I went through some career changes, so I wish I had focused on computers and what I love now. I started off as an English major, and I also studied to be a classical pianist, but I always loved computers since I was 7. I would tell my young self to focus and make it easier and stop reimaging and reshaping. But then again, easy is boring.
What is your strongest character trait? I care passionately for people, our clients, and our employees. I tend to look at things differently. I’m often asked to reimagine things, and I bring that to the table too.
What’s Booz Allen’s role in the global market? We recently met with a chief strategy officer in a certain industry. He asked us how his company was doing using data, and we had to answer honestly with feedback. It wasn’t good. He was open to get his company healthy with data. We didn’t provide trite answers. We are the only firm that can get his company in the right direction. We have a unique set of people, a unique culture and perspective, and a passion for service I’ve never seen anyone else. It’s our responsibility to help solve problems in a way that enriches the world.