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About VetsinTech

VetsinTech supports our current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. VIT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment – the 3E’s!

Our Board Members

Katherine Webster
Katherine Webster is the Founder of VetsInTech and TechCentralSF. VetsInTech supports our current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by...
connecting them to the national technology ecosystem.Under Katherine's leadership VetsInTech has grown to 12 veteran led chapters across the U.S. in just 3 years, gained support from approximately 20 of top tech companies to hire veterans and developed training programs with tech ecosystems that hire thousands of veterans. As a result of founding VetsInTech, there is now a community of thousands of veterans both interested and working in technology careers - many helping future returning veterans into tech jobs around the country.VetsInTech has been recognized by the White House and Department of Labor for our innovation and leadership in creating new programs for veterans in entrepreneurship, employment, and education. VetsInTech has also received a Certificate of Special Recognition from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and a Certificate of recognition from Assemblyman David Chiu as well as two Certificates of Honor from the Mayor and Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco.In 2010, Katherine founded TechCentralSF – TechCentralSF is San Francisco’s exclusive online directory resource and collaborative community for High Tech, Biotech, and Cleantech with over 1,000 start-up companies listed. Katherine garnered support throughout the tech ecosystem, created many media partnerships and ran community events to support the startup community in SF. Katherine also received a Certificate of Honor from Mayor Gavin Newsom for leadership in creating this tech ecosystem in San Francisco.Prior to VetsInTech and TechCentralSF, Katherine was in leadership positions at Sun Microsystems for 16 years where she was responsible for Global Strategy and Market Development. She launched Sun into new E-Commerce and Education markets which created $1B+ additional revenue to Sun.Katherine also developed a worldwide network of SunSITE's - Sun Information Technology Exchange network at Universities in 25 countries worldwide.
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Craig Newmark
Craig Newmark is the founder of Craigslist and Craigconnects, the web-based platform that has fundamentally changed classified advertising. Since its founding in 1995,...
Craigslist has become one of the world’s 10 most-visited English language web platforms. Today there are craigslist websites virtually everywhere and serving every continent on earth (except Antarctica).
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Mike McNerney

Mike McNerney currently works as the Chief Operations Officer of cybersecurity insurance startup Resilience. Previously, he led the threat intelligence business at Arbor Networks...

and was the Co-founder & CEO of Efflux Systems (acquired by Arbor Networks). Mike has also held positions in the US Department of Defense and the US Department of State. He is a veteran Air Force officer, an affiliate at the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation, and the Chair & Co-founder of Technology for Global Security. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, and earned his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.
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Steve Mayer
Founder & Managing Partner
SD Mayer

Steve Mayer is the Founder and Managing Partner of SD Mayer & Associates, an accounting, consulting, and wealth management firm located in San Francisco. Prior to SD Mayer...

he was the CEO of a large regional accounting firm, Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM). Steve has also been involved in several other businesses including a number of restaurants, co-founder of Presidio Bank, and an owner of Books Inc., a bookstore chain. On a professional basis, Steve’s accounting, consulting, and wealth management career gives him the ability to work with his clients on accounting, tax, M&A, business advisory and strategic planning. Steve has been very active in the community and over the last 40 years has served on more than 15 non-profit boards including the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Bay Area Council, and Riordan High School, to name a few. He has recently published three books, and lives in San Mateo with his wife of 27 years and their three children. When he turned 60, he did an Ironman just to make sure he was still in shape.
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Thomas Anderson
VLP Law Group LLP
Thomas R. Anderson, Colonel(Ret) US Army, is counsel with VLP Law Group LLP. Tom's practice specializes in corporate law, with an emphasis on technology and life...
science start-ups, venture capital investments in such companies, and mergers and acquisitions.Prior to attending law school in 2007, Tom served for 22 years as a logistics officer in the U.S. Army. During his tenure in the U.S. Army, he attained the rank of Colonel, commanded a battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, and earned two Bronze Star Medals.
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Our Advisory Board Members

Melissa Bryant
Senior Advisor
Department of Veterans Affairs

Melissa A. Bryant was appointed to the Biden-Harris Administration in February 2021 and currently serves as the senior advisor for strategic engagement to the Secretary focused on the...

development, adoption, and implementation of Department-wide programs and policies affecting overall operations of VA. She is the Department’s senior official responsible for holistic coordination of stakeholder engagement, strategic communications and outreach on behalf of the enterprise. She was previously Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at VA. A former Army Captain and Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran, her extensive record of public service includes critical roles in both military and civil service as a senior intelligence officer. As a Department of Defense and Intelligence Community plans, policy, and operations expert, she served in key leadership positions with the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Joint Staff, the United States Military Academy, and Army Intelligence. She was successful in building “coalitions of the willing” to advance operational and strategic objectives while developing and implementing plans and policy for the defense intelligence community. Ms. Bryant is widely recognized for championing causes impacting women and minority Service members and Veterans, highlighting the distinct challenges this growing population faces while advocating smart policy and legislative solutions. She has provided remarks in dozens of press conferences, participated as both a panelist and moderator in a variety of venues, delivered numerous oral and written testimonies before Congressional and Administration hearings, as well as conducted live and taped interviews on FOX News, CNN, NPR, CBS Radio, PBS NewsHour, C-SPAN Washington Journal, MSNBC, HLN , local television segments, web-based and print articles, and much more. She was named one of the Hill Vets 100 in 2020, and an Aspen Institute Ideas Festival Scholar in 2018; her civil and military service awards include the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, plus dozens more accolades and honors. CAREER CHRONOLOGY: 2022 – Present Senior Advisor for Strategic Engagement, OSVA, Washington, DC 2021 – 2022 Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary, OPIA, Washington, DC 2019 – 2020 National Legislative Director, The American Legion, Washington, DC 2017 – 2019 Chief Policy Officer, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Washington, DC 2015 – 2016 Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 2009 – 2015 Branch Chief, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC A native of Philadelphia, PA, Ms. Bryant is a third generation combat Veteran, an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate with a BA in Political Science cum laude from Hampton University, is an alumna of Howard University School of Law, and holds an MA in Policy Management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.
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Craig Cummings
General Partner
Moonshots Capital
Craig actively invests in and advises technology start-ups, many of which are founded by military veteran entrepreneurs, through his company, Moonshots Capital, which...
he co-founded with Kelly Perdew.Craig is the Co-Founder (along with Joseph Kopser) and former Chief Operating Officer of RideScout, a mobile app that shows users how to get from point A to point B by providing real-time ground transportation information. RideScout was acquired by Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) in September 2014 and recently merged with GlobeSherpa to form moovel N. America.Craig is also a Co-Founder, with Jason Dempsey and Ken Robbins, of MILLIE, providing military families with information and on the ground support to ease the stress of frequent relocations, and Co-Founder of APX Labs, developing augmented reality software for smart glasses to enable the hands-free industrial and commerce workforce.Before he became an entrepreneur, Craig spent 17 years in the Army, most of that time as an Intelligence Officer serving in support of the National Security Agency (NSA). Craig deployed to Afghanistan with the Joint Special Operations Command where he earned the Bronze Star. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, NY. Craig received a B.S. in Political Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he was their first Truman Scholar, and he received a Ph.D. in Political Science (minor: Econometrics) from Columbia University. In 2015, Craig was selected by HillVets as one of the 100 most influential and impactful veterans in the United States. Craig was recently selected as a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows of the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Craig is married to Lawton Cummings, a former Law Professor and television legal analyst. They have two children, Addison (13) and Cooper (11), and reside in Austin, TX.
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Zoe Dunning
Portfolio Lead
Future State Inc.
Consultant with expertise in Operational Transformation, Program Management, Adoption Strategies, Workshop Facilitation, Stakeholder Engagement Strategies,...
Business Process Excellence, Communications, and Executive Coaching. USNA, BS Physical Science MBA, Stanford University.
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Chris Galy
Senior Vice President
As Chief People Officer at Couchbase, Chris Galy is responsible for all aspects of Couchbase’s people strategy and company culture. He brings to Couchbase 20+...    
years of experience in building high-performing companies deemed the “best places to work,” resulting from deep levels of employee engagement. Most recently, Chris was the Founder of NextPlayHR, a lean innovation consulting firm focused on the future of work. Before founding NextPlayHR, he served as Chief People Officer at Ten-X, the world's largest online real estate transaction platform. Prior to Ten-X, he served as Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Intuit, Senior HR Manager at Xilinx, and HR Business Partner at Harmonic. His HR career was preceded by his service in the U.S. Army, where he served as an Aviation and Human Resources Officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in Human Resources/Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.
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Ted Gizewski
Deputy General
Counsel at Workday
Ted Gizewski is Deputy General Counsel at Workday, Inc. He is a recognized strategic business counselor with more than 20 years’ experience representing technology companies...
in complex legal matters. Prior to joining Workday, Ted was General Manager and Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft in Beijing, China and the US. Ted is also a former Marine Corps officer where he served both as a tank platoon commander and intelligence officer. Ted is a graduate of UCLA and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
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Dave Gowel
Dave is an Army vet who leads tech company RallyPoint, helping other vets lead successful lives. A West Point & Ranger School graduate, Dave served in Iraq and is a husband and father of 3...
Dave’s started his career as a platoon leader in Iraq and completed his service by teaching leadership as an Assistant Professor of Military Leadership at MIT (ROTC). He authored “The Power in a Link: Open Doors, Close Deals and Change the Way you do Business Using LinkedIn” (Wiley, 2011), is an inventor (via a tech patent) and loves to ski.
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Craig Hanson
GP and Co-Founder
Craig is the General Partner and Co-Founder of Next World Capital (NWC), an international technology venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco, Paris, Brussels and London.
NWC specializes in helping U.S. companies expand internationally, and Craig works closely with management teams on strategy and growth in the U.S. and Europe, resulting in accelerated growth, international expansion, job creation and technology innovation. Craig is also a Truman Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, analyzing U.S. policy programs to foster economic growth, trade and investment. He has been an official delegate with the U.S. State Department in North Africa, and has published and spoken internationally on economic engagement as an integral part of U.S. foreign policy.
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Craig Mullaney
Craig is an experienced tech executive and social entrepreneur, bestselling author on leadership education, and proud veteran. He served with the 10th Mountain...
Division of the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and later as a public servant with the Pentagon and USAID overseeing policy in the region.
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Neal Rickner
Neal E. “Rudy” Rickner is a tech executive that specializes in advancing new ventures through early-stage growth. He has led multiple teams at Google including a team on “Helpouts,”...
a live-video learning startup within Google Inc.. Neal is currently the Head of Strategy and Operations at Makani, a next-generation wind-turbine project within Google[x]Before coming to Silicon Valley, Neal served 12 years on active duty with the US Marine Corps as an F/A-18 pilot and forward air controller. He completed three tours in Iraq between 2003 and 2007, earning the Bronze Star with “Valor” device, and (13) Air Medals. He transitioned from active duty in 2009, earning dual masters degrees (business and international affairs) from Columbia University. In addition to his professional endeavors, Rudy is a Tillman Scholar, volunteers as a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, is on the Advisory board for the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and is a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council.
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Laura Schmiegel
Senior Vice President
Strategic Partnerships at Orion Talent
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Jennifer Snow
Senior Principal
Aspirant Ventures

Jennifer “JJ” Snow is the Senior Principal for Aspirant Ventures, a deep tech fund focused on dual use tech solutions . She recently retired from the USAF...

as the Chief Technology Officer for AFWERX, the innovation arm of the U.S. Air Force where she guided the development of future technology solutions and strategies to benefit the US Air Force, Department of Defense, Interagency and Allied partners. Prior to this assignment, JJ was the Donovan Group Military Chief Innovation Officer for U.S. Special Operations Command and the SOFWERX Innovation Team. Her work has been presented to members of the National Security Council, the White House and key seniors across the DoD, Intelligence Community and Interagency to inform on emergent risks and opportunities involving technology and technology influenced environments. She completed combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as an intelligence officer serving with Joint Special Operations Command, Air Force Special Operations Command and the National Security Agency. JJ is a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, NSA Military Performer of the year and Distinguished Graduate of the National Security Agency’s elite Junior Officer Cryptologic Career Program, one of Washington Exec’s Top 25 DoD Executives to Watch in 2020 and the 2021 VetsInTech Woman Veteran of the Year.
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Dan Streetman
TIBCO Software

Dan Streetman is the Chief Executive Officer of TIBCO. Dan is an expert in driving growth initiatives, innovation and customer success, and he has been part of significant digital...



transformations at BMC Software, Salesforce, C3, Siebel and others. He is a strong advocate for creating cultures of innovation and teamwork and he honed his leadership skills as an Army officer, where he served in Iraq combat operations and received decorations including the Bronze Star medal. He actively advocates for veterans and serves on several non-profit boards supporting veteran education and employment. Dan is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned an MBA at Harvard Business School.
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Francis Q. Hoang
Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer
France Hoang is a veteran entrepreneur who has been on the founding teams of companies that have generated over $600 million of combined sales and employed over 1,200 professionals across the fields of law, aerospace, defense, government services, and artificial intelligence.
France is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of boodleAI (www.boodle.ai), a SaaS technology company that provides on demand people focused predictive analytics.
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