DJ Patil, De Anza's 50th Anniversary speaker, was the U.S. Chief Data Scientist during the Obama Administration. He credits his time as a De Anza student with setting him on the path to a career that includes prominent roles in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. 

Patil spoke about the importance of his community college experience during a short interview – you can view excerpts in the video above – during his visit to campus on May 7.