Veterans at Uber
Veterans at Uber is Uber's community for military veterans, retirees, reservists, National Guard, and their families and supporters from their respective countries.
Our mission is to empower Uber to source, hire, develop, and support top-tier veteran and military spouse talent across the organization to improve business outcomes. Our network facilitates veteran outreach, camaraderie, and mentorship opportunities around the veteran community. We also strive to raise awareness within the company about our Veterans, their issues and contributions to the company.
What we stand for
Raise cultural awareness across Uber of our communities, both internally and externally, of veterans as well as military spouses.
Contribute to the career growth of veterans and military spouses at Uber, by providing opportunities for mentorship, leadership, and professional development.
Positively impact communities of veterans and military spouses in the cities we serve, by honoring their service and engaging with them in meaningful ways.
Improve business outcomes for Uber by fostering top veteran and military spouse talent internally and by driving positive sentiment toward Uber and platform engagement through strategic business partnerships, public relations, and community engagement.
Ryan DeLodder manages Greenlight operations for San Diego and Hawaii, and he has been a Co-Chair of the Veterans at Uber ERG since April 2018. Ryan’s experience before Uber includes being an Area Manager for a nonprofit that helps veterans and their spouses gain employment as well as managing the Marine Corps Recovery Care program for wounded, ill, and injured Marines at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Ryan served for 4 years in the Marine Corps Infantry as a Machine Gunner with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines.
Distribution Program Manager
Chuck DeLongchamp is the Global Distribution Program Manager at Uber, responsible for managing our distribution hubs worldwide. In addition, he’s an active reservist and Logistics Readiness Officer in the United States Air Force. Chuck has more than 17 years of military service coupled with 10+ years in operations and logistics roles in the private sector. Since joining Uber in 2016, Chuck has worked tirelessly to champion veterans initiatives and issues.
Christine Stout is Senior Manager for the HR Business Partner team supporting the US/CAN Rideshare organization and is based in the Uber offices in Washington, DC. She previously led the People function for the Armed Forces Services Corporation and several tech startup organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a military spouse who relocated from the West Coast with her husband who is currently a Commander in the United States Navy, Christine has been a Veterans at Uber ERG ally since joining Uber in 2016. She leads Uber’s veteran hiring initiatives along with other special projects.
Senior Software Engineer
Anthony Colon is a Software Engineer in the Driver organization. He works on projects and features that engage, recognize, and celebrate Uber drivers. Anthony has been a member of the Veterans at Uber ERG since February 2017.
He served 6 years in the US Navy as an Electrician's Mate aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier across 4 deployments. His primary duties were the operation and maintenance of the ship's propulsion plants including electrical, mechanical, and nuclear reactor systems.
Kevin Hernandez is an Investigator with the Special Investigations Unit in the COE in Phoenix. Kevin joined Uber in 2015 after serving 7.5 years in the US Navy as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate Supervisor in an E2-C squadron attached to the USS Nimitz. Kevin performed the repair and replacement of critical navigation, flight, and electronic equipment on the aircraft to allow pilots proper system operation during combat missions.
Self-Driving Vehicle Test Engineer
Wesley Hernandez is a Vehicle Test Engineer working to develop self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh with Uber ATG. Before Uber, he worked in manufacturing performing operations, repairs, and upgrades to robotic equipment used to perform chemical etching of silicon wafers. Wesley served 6 years in the Navy as a nuclear propulsion plant operator aboard the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier.
Global Investigations Manager
Matt VanWaes is a Global Investigations Manager on the Security team and is based in Denver. Matt has been part of the Veterans at Uber ERG since joining Uber in December 2017. Before joining Uber, Matt spent 20 years working for the federal government in various capacities focused on security. This includes 5 years as an active-duty Marine, first serving as an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, then as a Marine Security Guard at the US embassies in Minsk, Belarus, and Dublin, Ireland.
Senior Manager, Security Program Management
Marlee Veum is a cybersecurity professional currently working in Uber's Engineering Security organization managing the IAM Program Management team. She is a member of the Air Force Reserves as a Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) for NORTHCOM/NORAD Intelligence division. Marlee enjoys being a citizen Airman championing diversity and inclusion as part of community and workplace environments. United we are strong!
Chang Zuo is an Executive Assistant supporting the leadership of the Growth Platform and AI teams at Uber. Before Uber, she had experience working in media, video production, talent acquisition, executive recruiting, and international business development. She is also a US Army ally and spouse.
Executive sponsor, Head of Uber Advanced Technologies Group
“The incredible work and mission of Veterans at Uber is why I wanted to be a part of this ERG and officially support them as the exec sponsor. This group is especially close to me, as ATG has the highest number of veterans employed at Uber, and that’s something our team is extremely proud of. I look forward to working with this amazing team and discovering ways of making Uber a more diverse and inclusive place to work, advancing growth for our people and our business.”
In an effort to increase employee awareness of our ERG, the ERG leadership team presented our ERG, mission, priorities, and objectives at an Uber Global All Hands. Additionally, we successfully published a Veterans Day blog post highlighting veteran driver-partners and an internal US email highlighting veterans in the workplace.
Resources and recruiting
In 2017, we established a partnership with the DoD and an outside military transition firm to source, recruit, and train separating military service members during their last 6 months of active duty by bringing them in to Uber for hands-on experience in the civilian tech world. The initiative led to 9 transitioning veterans participating in a fellowship in Security, Freight, Elevate, Rides, and JUMP, with 2 individuals ultimately hired by Uber who are members of the team today: Brendan Morin and Abdullah Albyati. They join many other veterans and military spouses who are contributing to Uber’s mission around the globe.