Meet the SMEs of NetApp’s U.S. Public Sector



NetApp’s U.S. Public Sector team is equipped with driven, knowledgeable, and influential individuals who drive the public sector business from both within the company and outside in the industry. Get to know a few of our experts better below.


Nushi Carrera, Account Manager, Next Generation Enterprise NetWork (NGEN), NetApp

In addition to her official role at NetApp, Nushi is passionate about STEM and women in technology. She believes that society encourages women to be pretty, fragile, cute and popular, whereas men are held to different expectations based on intelligence and wit. As the youngest of six children, 4 of which are girls, Nushi was the only girl to pursue a career in tech. Her dad raised her to believe that she could do anything she wanted, which was integral in her decision to pursue computer science during a time when women in IT were ground breakers. Read more on how Nushi believes encouragement of younger female generations can begin closing the gender gap to the American economy here.


Chip George, Senior Director of State and Local Government and Education, NetApp

Prior to his role at NetApp and 10 year history in tech companies, Chip served in the U.S. Navy’s submarine force for 5 years. In his current, civilian role, he values being able to help the people and organizations that are serving all of us, whether it is as citizens or students of all ages or as patients in university or state-run hospitals. He enjoys seeing NetApp solutions directly impact not only customers, but the people closest to him, his family. Both of Chip’s kids go to school in a system that uses NetApp extensively, so his business relationships at NetApp in the SLED market literally hit home for him. Read more from chip George here.


Mary Jean Schmitt (MJ), Federal Business Development Manager, NetApp

As a woman in tech herself, Mary Jean Schmitt is an advocate of girls who code. In her free time, she advocates for STEM in schools and the importance of encouraging girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM related fields. She believes that, in terms of STEM, access is paramount, and systems behind the access to the technology are also very important. MJ expressed that the best way to make young women aware of the career possibilities in STEM is to start early and not give up. Supporters need to continue reaching out past grade and middle school. Also, by tying math and science to other areas, like art and theatre and fashion design, girls might engage who otherwise wouldn’t value math and science. Read the full interview with MJ here.