Management

Eric Gillespie

Founder and Executive Chairman

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Eric Gillespie

Founder and Executive Chairman

Eric Gillespie

Founder and Executive Chairman


Eric Gillespie is Founder and Executive Chairman of Govini. He is the former Senior Vice President of Onvia, a Nasdaq-listed firm that provides leads related to federal, state, and local government procurement. Prior to Onvia, he was the Founder of The Patent Board, the leading provider of standardized intellectual property data and patent analytics to the financial services industry, and the creator of The Wall Street Journal’s Patent Scoreboard. Eric also held some senior positions at IBM, Scient, and CSC. As an expert in the private sector’s use of public sector data, he is a sought-after media spokesperson and has testified before the US Congress on matters of government transparency, data and public sector technology.

Chris Taylor

CEO

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Chris Taylor

CEO

Chris Taylor

CEO


Chris Taylor is the CEO of Govini. Prior to Govini he founded Novitas Group, a tech startup that used a unique talent-opportunity matching platform to aid veterans in their search for meaningful employment. As the CEO of Mission Essential, Chris led growth from $185 million to $750 million in three years. Chris is also an adjunct associate professor of national security studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program. Chris spent 14 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an enlisted infantryman and Force Recon Marine. Chris holds an MBA from the College of William & Mary, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. Chris is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Afghanistan, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council.

Tara Murphy Dougherty

President
National Security Practice

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Tara Murphy Dougherty

President
National Security Practice

Tara Murphy Dougherty

President
National Security Practice


Tara Murphy Dougherty is President of the National Security Practice at Govini, where she leads strategy and growth in the federal government marketplace. She has held leadership positions relating to technology and defense issues across industry, government, and the non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Govini, Tara led government business accounts at Palantir Technologies and served as Chief of Staff for Global Strategic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Tara holds a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Kathryn Harris

Senior Vice President of Strategy & Growth

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Kathryn Harris

Senior Vice President of Strategy & Growth

Kathryn Harris

Senior Vice President of Strategy & Growth


Kathryn Harris is the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Growth at Govini. Kathryn was previously Senior Advisor to two Vice Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and was Special Assistant to two Secretaries of Defense. She led policy teams and managed the DoD’s largest foreign military assistance and nonproliferation programs. Prior to government service, Kathryn spent nearly a decade in the private sector at SAIC. She holds a BS from the University of Virginia in Aerospace Engineering and an MA with honors from Georgetown University in Security Studies. Kathryn serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Michael Balsam

Chief Product Officer

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Michael Balsam

Chief Product Officer

Michael Balsam

Chief Product Officer


Michael Balsam is Chief Product Officer of Govini. Michael joined Govini from Outsell, where he was VP and Practice Leader for the business of data consulting practice, which advises information service providers on data strategy and data-driven workflow solutions. Prior to Outsell, Michael founded Bear Pond Research, which focused on B2B data monetization strategy and execution. Michael was the former Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Product of Onvia, a Nasdaq-listed firm that provides leads related to federal, state, and local government procurement. Michael has advised the US Congress and mainstream media on matters of government data transparency and the flow of capital.

John Redd

Chief Financial Officer

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John Redd

Chief Financial Officer

John Redd

Chief Financial Officer


John Redd is the Chief Financial Officer at Govini. John is responsible for finance, accounting, contracts and human resources for the company. John has 26 years of experience in various finance roles and areas of responsibility including at Thermopylae Sciences and Technology, Time Life, Cogent Communications, Packexpo and Fuisz Technologies. He has extensive experience in start-up and growth-focused organizations and has been successful at building finance teams to improve accounting and finance processes and migrating accounting systems.  He graduated with a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and  also received his B.S. degree in Accounting with Honors from George Mason.

Wookie Nam

Chief Creative Officer

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Wookie Nam

Chief Creative Officer

Wookie Nam

Chief Creative Officer


Wookie Nam serves as the Chief Creative Officer at Govini, where he is responsible for all Govini design elements, including product design, user interface, and brand representation. Previously, Wookie was the Senior Multimedia Designer at Onvia, a Nasdaq-listed firm that provides leads related to federal, state, and local government procurement. Prior to Onvia, he founded a firm focused on multimedia, marketing and advertising projects for highly visible clients including T-Mobile and Hewlett Packard.

Olivia Clepper

Vice President
Customer Success

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Olivia Clepper

Vice President
Customer Success

Olivia Clepper

Vice President
Customer Success


Olivia Clepper serves as Vice President of Customer Success at Govini. Olivia and her team directly support Govini’s vast array of clients through software training, market research support, and analysis, focused on building trusted relationships and partnerships.  Prior to Govini, Olivia was a GWAC/IDIQ Program Manager at Unisys, managing vehicles such as CIO-SP3 and GSA Schedule 70. During her tenure at OnPoint and Sapient, Olivia served as Sr. Market Researcher and Business Developer, conducting in depth competitive and teaming partner analyses; proposal coordinator, and vehicle administrator for Alliant SB, ITS-SB, 8(a) STARS II, and others, for task order based business development.

Owen Munford

Vice President
Marketing

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Owen Munford

Vice President
Marketing

Owen Munford

Vice President
Marketing


Owen Munford is the Vice President of Marketing at Govini where he is responsible for marketing, digital communication, and sales operations. Owen has more than a decade of experience creating marketing programs that reach companies and agencies engaged within the public sector market. Prior to Govini, Owen led the marketing and sales operations teams at Onvia, a Nasdaq-listed firm that provides leads related to federal, state, and local government procurement.

Martha Lindberg

Director
Human Resources

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Martha Lindberg

Director
Human Resources

Martha Lindberg

Director
Human Resources


Martha Lindberg serves as the Director of Human Resources where she is responsible for all functions of the company’s human capital operations at Govini. Her experience in multi-discipline roles drives her leadership of all things people and culture. Martha believes in promoting a unique and culture-rich employee experience that positively impacts all interactions with our clients, our vendors, our candidates and our community.  Prior to Govini, Martha worked at The Advisory Board Company.

Board

Eric Gillespie

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Eric Gillespie

 

Eric Gillespie


Eric Gillespie is Founder and Executive Chairman of Govini. He is the former Senior Vice President of Onvia, a Nasdaq-listed firm that provides leads related to federal, state, and local government procurement. Prior to Onvia, he was the Founder of The Patent Board, the leading provider of standardized intellectual property data and patent analytics to the financial services industry, and the creator of The Wall Street Journal’s Patent Scoreboard. Eric also held some senior positions at IBM, Scient, and CSC. As an expert in the private sector’s use of public sector data, he is a sought-after media spokesperson and has testified before the US Congress on matters of government transparency, data and public sector technology.

Arthur Patterson

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Arthur Patterson

 

Arthur Patterson


Arthur Patterson, Director, founded Accel Partners and works with entrepreneurial teams in software and services. As the lead investor, he has helped management teams develop their companies into market-defining leaders. Prior to Accel, Arthur was General Partner of Adler & Company. He started in venture capital at Citicorp Venture Capital. At Citicorp, he also managed a fund of publicly traded equities. Previously, Arthur worked in Washington for the international office of the U.S. Treasury Department – International Monetary, Trade and Development Policy. Arthur served as the President of the Westrn Association of Venture Capitalists and as Director of the National Venture Capital Association.

Chris Taylor

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Chris Taylor

 

Chris Taylor


Chris Taylor is the CEO of Govini. Prior to Govini he founded Novitas Group, a tech startup that used a unique talent-opportunity matching platform to aid veterans in their search for meaningful employment. As the CEO of Mission Essential, Chris led growth from $185 million to $750 million in three years. Chris is also an adjunct associate professor of national security studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program. Chris spent 14 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an enlisted infantryman and Force Recon Marine. Chris holds an MBA from the College of William & Mary, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. Chris is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Afghanistan, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council.

Adm. James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr.

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Adm. James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr.

 

Adm. James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr.


Admiral Winnefeld graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and served for 37 years in the United States Navy. He instructed at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, also known as Topgun, and served as senior aide-de-camp to General Colin L. Powell. He commanded a fighter squadron, the amphibious ship USS CLEVELAND, and the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE. As a flag officer, he commanded a carrier, two NATO commands, the United States SIXTH Fleet, United States NORTHERN Command, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD. He retired in 2015 after serving as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States’ number two ranking military officer. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, where he is also a member of the Engineering Hall of Fame, is a senior non-resident fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, is a member the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy, and serves on the board of the U.S. Naval Institute.

Hon. Robert O. Work

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Hon. Robert O. Work

 

Hon. Robert O. Work


Bob Work has served under five Secretaries of Defense as the Deputy Secretary of Defense and as the Undersecretary of the Navy, from 2009-2017. Prior to his government civilian service, Mr. Work served in the United States Marine Corps for 27 years, retiring as a Colonel. He is a leading voice in defense strategy, operations, technology, and programming and budgeting. Mr. Work was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and the Distinguished Public Service Awards from the Departments of the Army, Air Force, and Navy. He holds a Master of International Public Policy degree from the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies, a Master of Science in Space Systems Operations degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Systems Management degree from the University of Southern California.

Amb. C. Boyden Gray

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Amb. C. Boyden Gray

 

Amb. C. Boyden Gray


Ambassador C. Boyden Gray is the founding partner of Boyden Gray & Associates, a law and strategy firm in Washington, D.C., focused on constitutional and regulatory issues. Mr. Gray worked in the White House for twelve years, first as counsel to the Vice President during the Reagan administration and then as White House Counsel to President George H.W. Bush. In the George H.W. Bush Administration, Mr. Gray was in charge of judicial selection and received the Presidential Citizens Medal. Under President George W. Bush, Mr. Gray was U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and U.S. Special Envoy to Europe for Eurasian Energy. Mr. Gray is on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council, the Federalist Society, Reason Foundation, and the Trust for the National Mall. Mr. Gray earned his A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard, where he was an editor of the Crimson, and his J.D. with high honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Mr. Gray served in the United States Marine Corps, and after law school, he clerked for the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Hon. Dr. John Hillen

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Hon. Dr. John Hillen

 

Hon. Dr. John Hillen


Dr. John Hillen is a highly accomplished CEO in the government contracting space and a former US Assistant Secretary of State. A decorated combat veteran and noted national security scholar, he has led four defense and intelligence technology firms, including most recently as President and CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions and previously as the first president of CGI-Federal. Dr. Hillen took Sotera public in 2009, one of the few successful IPOs in the American economy that year. A recognized industry leader, Dr. Hillen served in 2012 and 2013 as the chairman of the Professional Services Council and currently sits on the boards of five government contracting firms. Hillen received the Fed100 award in 2011 and 2017, is a graduate of Duke University, King’s College London, Cornell, and earned his doctorate at Oxford. He is currently the Executive in Residence and Professor of Practice in the Business School at George Mason University where he teaches leadership and strategy.

Will Grannis

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Will Grannis

 

Will Grannis


Will Grannis leads Google Cloud’s CTO Office, an engineering team focused exclusively on materially advancing the world’s adoption of and success with global scale technical platforms. Prior to Google, Will was Senior Vice President of Engineering and CTO at L3 Technologies. Will came to L3 following the acquisition of his company, What’s Next, a boutique engineering firm focused on cybersecurity and counterterrorism. Prior to What’s Next, Will held senior executive at roles the Boeing Company, leading all research and development in mobile, analytics, cloud and cybersecurity for the Phantom Works division. Will began his career in the US Army as an Artillery and Intelligence officer. Will holds a bachelor of science degree in operations research from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

David K. Rensin

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David K. Rensin

 

David K. Rensin


David K. Rensin is Engineering Director in Google’s much-vaunted Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) organization, where he founded and leads the Customer Reliability Engineering global team. He has more than 25 years experience designing and delivering web-scale cloud and mobile products. Rensin was previously the Senior Vice President at technology startup Novitas Group, and Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services. As the founding CEO and Chief Scientist at Reality Mobile, Rensin was the recipient of several prominent industry awards. He has authored three best-selling technology books and is also the principal inventor on 16 granted U.S. patents. As an entrepreneur, Rensin co-founded and sold several businesses including one for more than $1 billion – and has served as an officer in two publicly traded companies.

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