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James Durago

Director of People Operations

James is a former enlisted US Army medic turned People Ops leader while passing through Arizona State and Ashford Universities where he earned his BS in Psychology and MA in Organizational Management. 

Prior to Molecula, James spent 5 years at Google where he led teams to scale Google’s Program Management Offices in Google Cloud, Search, YouTube, Ads, and Geo (or Maps), while simultaneously leading the company’s veterans and military families employee resource group called VetNet. Before Google, he spent time at COMPAS Technology (acquired by Avionte), Ashford University (now University of Arizona Global Campus), and of course the US Army (still the US Army). 

In his early life, James immigrated to Detroit, MI from the Philippines in the mid 90s with his family, and eventually ended up in Union City, CA (The Bay Area) in the late 90s experiencing firsthand the massive tech boom and hyphy movement that turned The Bay into the Mecca of Tech and the soil where rappers get their lingo from. Today, he calls the Greater Austin area home with his lovely wife, Jodi, and their instagram famous doggo, Kanye the Goldendoodle. Outside of work, you’ll likely find him traveling the globe learning about new cultures, snowboarding with friends, relaxing on the beach, or simply chillin’ in Puerto Backyardo (aka his backyard).