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Lucas Austin, Director of Sales

Lucas Austin is the Director of Sales at Procurated. Prior to joining Procurated, Lucas worked at Tripadvisor helping the world's largest hotel brands engage with travelers as they were actively researching where to stay. His time at Tripadvisor showed him the critical role peer reviews play in a consumer's path to purchase. He is excited to apply those learnings at Procurated to help suppliers engage with government buyers as they research suppliers for enterprise, multi-year solutions. He currently lives in Salem, MA with his wife and son.

Paul Blackwell, Software Engineer

Paul is a full stack software developer for Procurated. Most recently he was working as a senior engineer at Arcadia, a DC based green energy company. He's previously worked at MotoRefi (employee number 3) and EverFi, so he is no stranger to the DC tech scene. On the technical side, Paul has remained a full stack developer throughout his career despite the ever changing landscape of web technology. Rails and Javascript are his primary focuses, but he enjoys wearing many hats and solving problems wherever they may arise.

Jacqueline Chenault, Software Engineer

Jacqueline Chenault is a Software Engineer at Procurated and was the first member of their engineering team. She is constantly developing new features and tools for Procurated’s users, designing and building innovative technology solutions to solve some of government’s biggest challenges.

Before joining Procurated, Jacqueline was an engineer at Chatlogix working on client projects as well as their core communications platform, Qonvo. Earlier in her career she was a software developer at LivingSocial and the New Media Specialist for the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and the Natural Resources Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jess Einstein, Senior Director, Operations and Strategy

Jess runs operations and strategy for Procurated. Focused on high-priority initiatives, she conceives, designs, and executes projects to drive the business forward. She is thrilled to be working at the intersection of tech and procurement and is excited about the platform’s potential to revolutionize the industry and benefit local communities and the general public.

Jess had extensive platform marketplace experience and has spent her career working at innovative projects in the DC startup world. Before joining Procurated, Jess ran business development and partnerships at Collage.com. Previously, she managed marketing at Curb (acquired by Verifone), and worked in operations and marketing at LivingSocial. A Detroit native, Jess has lived in DC for over a decade where she's settled with her husband, dog and daughter.

Genna Gold, Director of Partner Engagement & Business Development

Genna Gold joined the Procurated team as Director of Partner Engagement & Business Development. She leads community engagement initiatives to better understand, serve and bring innovation to procurement professionals. She also acts as a liaison between the public sector and the supplier community through outreach and education.

Prior to joining Procurated, Genna was the Senior Field Marketing Manager at Yelp and a Business Specialist at TripAdvisor. She spent the past seven years in New York City but continues to move around and explore with her husband and new son.

Andrew Hooker, Senior Software Engineer

Andrew is a Senior Software Engineer for Procurated. Most recently he was working as a senior engineer at Headway, a Green Bay based product development company. He's previously worked at a variety of startups, including as CTO at Health Hero. On the technical side, Andrew has maintained a focus on Rails, while learning and using other languages when they're the right tool to solve a problem.

Karen Johnson, CPA, CGMA, MBA, Controller

Karen manages finance and accounting for Procurated. She ensures the financial integrity of the company through the accounting and compliance arm, while helping to drive value and innovation by playing a key role in the company’s strategic financial planning through budgeting, projection and analytics, and deriving insights through the use of key performance indicators and metrics.

Karen also serves as the Controller for Government Sourcing Solutions, a public procurement consulting firm founded by Procurated CEO David Yarkin. Prior to joining GSS and Procurated, Karen spent nine years working in public accounting providing audit, tax, and consulting services to a variety of entities in the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan area, serving as a strategic advisor to her clients. Originally from New England, she currently lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband Steve and their dog, King.

Bernadette Launi, Marketing Associate

Bernadette joined the Procurated team as a Marketing Associate, where she is already making a huge impact on our marketing strategy, our creation and execution of fresh digital content, and our ability to reach both the public procurement and supplier communities with the information they need.

Prior to joining Procurated, Bernadette worked in Sales & Marketing at Stories Incorporated, a DC-based company and leader in the recruitment marketing and employer brand industry.

Andrew MacDowell, Senior Director, Data Science & Analytics

Andrew joined the team in early 2020 as the Senior Director of Data Science & Analytics. He is here to help shape our sales & marketing strategy, product roadmap, financial planning, and company vision through applied analytics.

Prior to joining Procurated, Andrew worked in the Corporate Affairs Analytics & Insights team at Booz Allen Hamilton, was the Director of Business Intelligence at Xometry, and cut his teeth at the Bethesda-based consulting firm, Marketbridge.

Becca Moran, Senior Director, Product Management

Becca is responsible for maintaining a deep understanding of procurement professionals and the challenges they face. That understanding is used to craft Procurated’s vision, strategy, and product roadmap. Becca works with a team of software engineers to achieve that vision by creating innovative technology solutions for procurement’s biggest problems.

Before joining Procurated, Becca led product management at Xometry, a Bethesda-based manufacturing marketplace. Earlier in her career, she served in technical project management and business development roles at Politico, a leading digital news outlet.

Bryan Postelnek, Senior Product Manager

As Senior Product Manager at Procurated, Bryan works collaboratively with a cross-functional team where he leads the strategy, discovery, design, and development of our product offering. Bryan’s passion for Product Management and natural curiosity help him uncover key insights about the procurement professionals and suppliers that leverage the Procurated platform. From there, he experiments with new ideas, measures the outcome, and iterates until we’ve found a great solution to serve the public procurement community.

At the time of joining the team, Bryan had accumulated over 7 years of Product experience, most recently as a Product Manager at Angie's List, where he contributed to several aspects of the homeservices marketplace. This included optimizations of the search results and review-writing experiences on web and innovations on the Android and iOS mobile apps for homeowners and service professionals.

George Puthukkeril, Product Designer

As Product Designer, George works across user testing, UX design, and UI design. He leads interaction and visual design along with the product and development staff and is also responsible for providing key product design insights. He is excited for the opportunity to grow as part of a dynamic and focused team.

George has worked in India, Dubai and the US for leading brands, agencies and startups. Through his international experience he created and adapted designs to be both intuitive and delightful for a wide range of audiences. He currently lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.

Sahara Reiz, Operations Manager

Sahara joined the Procurated team as Operations Manager. She is focused on helping the team achieve all initiatives as we build and grow our platform. Prior to this role she worked as the Operations Manager at Windward Consulting Group, an IT consulting company, and RedMonocle, a tech startup. She is most excited to apply her experience to Procurated and contribute to this fun team in building a revolutionary platform that will provide much needed clarity to the industry. She is a DC native who has recently moved to Austin, Texas.

Peter Rosanelli, Senior Software Engineer

Peter is a Senior Software Engineer at Procurated with over 10 years of experience building web platforms for innovative technology companies. He gained much of his expertise in two-sided marketplace platforms as a Platform Architect at WeddingWire, a DC-based company that connects engaged couples with wedding vendors. Peter is excited to join Procurated during the early phase of development so that he can use his experience to expand the platform. He currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife, child, and Yorkshire Terrier.

Ellen Sigl, Senior Director, Community Engagement

Ellen focuses on developing the Procurated Community across our government, education and non-profit partners. She drives initiatives that serve our procurement partners and show the value of adopting the platform across the organization.

Ellen has extensive experience serving a great range of public sector organizations in both procurement and IT for both large and small suppliers.

Anna Springfield, Software Engineer

Anna is a software engineer at Procurated. She comes to this role with experience building tools for people in government, having most recently worked as a software engineer at Granicus, a software-as-a-service company that provides communications, record-keeping, and video-streaming solutions for modern digital government. Before that, she wrote grants and taught bike classes at a sustainable transportation nonprofit now called Move Minnesota. As a software engineer, she has hopped between a number of programming languages and frameworks, spending the most time in JavaScript, Rails, and Kotlin.

Alex Stonehouse, Director, Marketing

Alex Stonehouse joined Procurated in 2019 as the Director of Marketing. He will lead all marketing activities for the startup through the initial launch of the beta product into the next phase of national expansion. Stonehouse helped launch RouteFifty, Atlantic Media’s state and local government digital publication, managed social media campaigns for brands like MillerCoors and Jeep at digital media agency SocialCode, and led acquisition marketing at Xometry where he connected engineers and machine shops from both sides of the manufacturing marketplace on one platform.

Jennyfer Vu, Data Analyst

Jennyfer joined the Procurated team as a Data Analyst. She is here to help develop and maintain data quality, reporting & analytics, and ETL automation. She is excited to be at a mission-driven organization that will have a positive impact on underrepresented communities and the general public.

Prior to joining Procurated, Jennyfer worked in procurement at Starbucks, was a Data Analyst at Apex and started her data journey at Microsoft. She currently lives in Seattle, WA with her husband.

David Yarkin, Founder and CEO

David Yarkin is a recognized expert on innovation in public sector procurement. As Pennsylvania’s chief procurement officer, David led what has been called “the most sweeping transformation of state procurement in decades.” During his tenure, the Commonwealth saved $140 million annually through strategic sourcing and quadrupled its small, minority and women owned business participation rate. During his time in state procurement, David experienced firsthand a seminal challenge faced by his peers nationally - the mediocre job that the traditional reference process does in informing purchasers about a supplier’s past performance. He founded Procurated to solve this problem for the public procurement community.

David founded Government Sourcing Solutions, a public procurement consulting firm in 2005 and served as CEO until 2021 when he stepped back from day-to-day responsibilities there to focus full-time on growing Procurated. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University and lives in Washington, DC with his wife Courtney and kids Anna, Ben and Sam.

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