Board of Advisors

Advisory Board

Edward H. Bersoff

Dr. Edward H. Bersoff has extensive and deep experience in government technology as a founder, advisor, and mentor. Dr. Bersoff is currently the Chairman of Greenwich Associates, LLC, a business advisory firm located in Bethesda, Maryland.  He was formerly the Chairman and CEO of ATS Corporation, a publicly traded (NYSE-AMEX: ATSC) Northern Virginia based company serving the information technology needs of the Government and private sectors.  ATSC’s 500+ employees based nationwide provide services ranging from application software development to the financial and law enforcement communities to network administration and related services in a myriad of system environments.  ATSC was acquired in March, 2012.

Dr. Bersoff was previously Chairman, President and CEO of BTG, Inc., an information technology firm he founded in 1982.  BTG provided computer-based solutions to government and commercial clients, specializing in analysis and consulting, solutions development, systems integration, and operations and support.  BTG was named to the Inc. 500 list of fast growing private companies for three years and the Washington Technology “Fast 50” for four years. The company’s common stock was listed on the NASDAQ National Market.  In November 2001 BTG was acquired by the Titan Corporation, a NYSE listed company.  Dr. Bersoff was elected to the Board of Titan in February 2002.  Titan was sold to L-3 Communications in August, 2005.  Dr. Bersoff now serves on the board of other public (NASDAQ: ICFI) and private companies.  During his business career, Dr. Bersoff has served as the CFO of a public company, served as Lead Director of three public companies (one currently), chaired the audit committee of two public companies, served on the audit committee of two others, and has served on the governance and compensation (current chair of one) committees of other public companies.

Dr. Bersoff is deeply involved in business, community and professional activities. He was the first Chairman of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a past Chairman of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, and a former Director of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. He is a former Director and Chairman of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.  He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation.  Dr. Bersoff is a past Chairman of the American Electronics Association, a member of the Board of Directors and past Chairman of the Professional Services Council, and a former Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He served on the Boards of Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology and the 1998 World Congress on Information Technology, and was a founder and the first Chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.  He is a past Chairman of the Virginia Business Council.

Education and healthcare are Dr. Bersoff’s primary outside interests. He was a member, and a past Rector (Chairman), of the Board of Visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University, a former member of the Board of Trustees of New York University, and is a past President of the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation.  In addition he served VCU as Chairman of its Presidential Search Committee and as a member of the VCU Health System Board of Trustees.  For many years Dr. Bersoff served in a variety of governance capacities for the INOVA Health System.  He first served on the Board of Fairfax Hospital and then subsequently on the INOVA Health System Board.  During his over 20 year association with INOVA, he chaired its Foundation Board, its Health Care Services Board (the accrediting and quality body), and its Academic Advisory Committee.  He was also a member of the INOVA Management Company (IMANCO) Board.  He was elected to the Board of Trustees of Holy Cross Hospital of Silver Spring, Maryland in 2010 and now serves as its Chair.  He was recently elected as a Trustee of Lasell College in Newton, MA.

Dr. Bersoff holds A.B., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from New York University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program. He was selected Virginia’s Outstanding Industrialist for 1999 by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Science Museum of Virginia, and was presented the 1999 Distinguished Leadership Award by the Washington Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. In 1996, he was selected to the Fed 100 by Federal Computer Week newspaper and AFCEA, honoring 100 technology professionals from government and industry, and was chosen from industry representatives to receive the Eagle Award for his role in the federal government’s effective use of information technology. Also in 1996, the Federation of Citizens Associations and the Washington Post named him the Fairfax County Citizen of the Year for his contributions to education. In 1995, the Northern Virginia Community Foundation presented him with its Founders Award for outstanding community service

Prior to founding BTG, Dr. Bersoff was President of CTEC, Inc.; earlier, he was Director of Engineering Operations for Logicon’s Washington division. Previously, as an officer in the U.S. Army, he was assigned to the NASA Electronics Research Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also taught mathematics at New York University, Kingsborough Community College in New York, Northeastern and Boston Universities in Massachusetts, and American University in Washington, DC.  Early in his technology career, Dr. Bersoff coauthored the first textbook in the Software Engineering discipline of Software Configuration Management.

Mike Daniels

Mr. Daniels is the former chairman of Network Solutions (1995-2000), former chairman and CEO of Mobile365 (2005-2006) and former chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (largest technology council in the United States). He rose to national industry prominence with SAIC (New York Stock Exchange) where he served as a member of the senior management team (senior vice president and sector vice president) from 1986-2004. He sold this company to SAIC in 1986 when SAIC had revenues of $500 million and helped build SAIC to the current $8 billion in annual revenues. While at SAIC, he identified and purchased Network Solutions for $4.7 million in March 1995. He led Network Solutions (NSI) through a successful initial public offering (IPO) in 1997 and a second offering in 1999. In January 2000, Daniels led Network Solutions in a follow-on offering of $2.3 billion, one of the largest technology equity offerings in history. Five years after he purchased NSI, he was instrumental in the company’s sale on SAIC’s behalf for $19.6 billion. Network Solutions contributed $2.2 billion in cash to SAIC, the largest transaction in SAIC’s 37-year history.

Mr.  Daniels began working part-time for SAIC in May 2004 and was asked to join the board of directors of Apogen Technologies in McLean, Va., in May 2004. He worked closely with the CEO and executive management team and Arlington Capital Partners of Washington, D.C., in the company’s roll-up of two firms, and Apogen was eventually built into a $200 million annual revenue business. Apogen was sold in September 2005 to QinetiQ of the U.K. (London Stock Exchange) for $300 million in cash.

Mr. Daniels was selected in a national executive search to become chairman of the board of Mobile365 in May 2005 and worked closely with the CEO and the executive management team to build the company. He was asked by the board of directors to also assume the role of CEO, and served as chairman and CEO beginning in December 2005. He worked with the board of directors to reposition the company and in November 2006, Mobile365 was sold to Sybase (New York Stock Exchange) for $417 million in cash. Upon the sale of Mobile365 to Sybase, Daniels joined the board of directors of Sybase from 2007-2010. Sybase was sold to SAP in 2010 for $5.8 billion.

In addition to the above, Mr. Daniels has served on the board of directors of Telcordia Technologies (1998-2003). Formerly Bellcore, this company was purchased by SAIC in 1997 for $650 million and sold in 2003 to private equity firms for $1.3 billion. He also served on the board of directors of VeriSign (Nasdaq) from 2000-2001 following the sale of Network Solutions to VeriSign in 2000.

Mr. Daniels has served with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense, on numerous international commissions and advisory boards, on the United States Trade Representatives International Investment Policy Advisory Commission, as a U.S. National Commissioner to UNESCO, as a senior White House advisor on international technology and as a senior advisor to the National Security Council.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Past Chairman), the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council (past president and chairman), GlobalLogic (chairman), the Logistics Management Institute (chairman), Invincea (chairman) and Mercury Computer Systems.

Daniel Gonzalez

Dan Gonzalez is  Principal of Avison Young.  Previously he was the founder of Appian Realty Advisors, which he sold to Avison Young in 2011. Mr. Gonzalez has over 18  years of experience in all aspects of commercial real estate and is generally recognized as one of the top professionals in the Washington Metropolitan area. He has managed and executed complex projects consisting of strategic planning/consulting, leasing and sales, financing and development. He has completed over four million square feet of local, national and international transactions with a cumulative value in excess of $2.5 billion dollars.

In addition to his work with Avison Young, Mr. Gonzalez is active in a number of community and philanthropic endeavors. He is chairman of the Equal Footing Foundation and sits on the boards of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Virginia Biotechnology Association, along with the Virginia Biotechnology Advisory Board. He is also an advisor to the George Mason University Entrepreneurship Center and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and a scholarship reviewer for the Hispanic College Fund.

Mr. Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University and a master’s in business administration from the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.

Ginger Lew, Senior Policy Advisor

Ms. Lew is currently heading Three Oaks, LLC, a strategic advisor for institutional investors and fund managers. She was the Senior Counselor to the White House National Economic Council, as well as Co-Chair of the White House Interagency Group on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  She is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of Eagleray, Inc., a company providing consulting and analytical services to government customers.  Ms. Lew had been a Venture Advisor to Amplifier Ventures from 2006 to 2009.

Prior to working in the White House, Ms. Lew was the Chairman of the Czech/Slovak American Enterprise Fund and served on the NASDAQ Hearing, Listing and Review Council.  From 1998 through 2005 Ms. Lew was the general partner of the Telecommunications Development Fund, a $50 million venture capital fund investing in a broad range of communications businesses.

Previously, Ms. Lew was Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the US Small Business Administration (1996 to 1998) and General Counsel to the US Department of Commerce (1994 to 1996), where she specialized in technology and international trade.  During her career, Ms. Lew has also been a founder of technology start ups and a management consultant with Ernst & Young, as well as holding other policy making positions in the US government.  Ms. Lew has a BA in Political Science from UCLA and a JD in Law from the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall).

Don Rainey

Don Rainey is a general partner Grotech Ventures and currently serves on the boards of Grotech portfolio companies Clarabridge, GramercyOne, HelloWallet, LivingSocial, Personal, SnappCloud, and Zenoss.

He is a strong proponent of technology transfer and education and devotes much time to both areas. Currently, he is an emerging technology consultant to the Chief Information Officer of the US Department of Defense through the DeVenCi Program, which is tasked with researching and nominating companies to solve the DOD’s unmet technology needs. In 2011, Don was appointed to the James Madison University (JMU) Board of Visitors by Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and he also serves on the Board of Directors of James Madison Innovations, Inc., a non-profit corporation which helps commercialize intellectual property produced at JMU.

As an Organizing Board member of the prestigious MindShare forum, Don helps CEOs from the DC region’s most promising start-ups build long-term sustainable companies.

He is a frequent speaker at local and national technology events, and was included on Washingtonian’s Tech Titans list in May 2011. The Northern Virginia Technology Council presented Don with its prestigious “Lifetime Navigator” Award for his work with entrepreneurs in March 2011.

Prior to his career in venture capital which he began with Intersouth in 2000, Mr. Rainey spent many years in business management, serving as president at Attitude Network, one of the first online entertainment networks, which was sold to TheGlobe.com. He also managed channel distribution and brand marketing in 50 countries for IBM’s $2 billion network hardware division and served as COO of DaVinci Systems where he spearheaded the company’s acquisition by ON Technology. Mr. Rainey designed and launched Novell’s much-emulated global Authorized Dealer Program in the late 1980s.

He earned a B.B.A. from James Madison University and a M.S. in Bioscience Management from George Mason University.

Mark Walsh

Mark Walsh is currently a member of the Board of Directors of FedBid, a market leading online market for Federal procurement.  He is currently the CEO and co-founder of GeniusRocket, a leading provider of crowdsourced marketing for major brands and global non-profits.

He has been the CEO or senior executive in a number of consumer and business-to-business technology and content companies, including GE, AOL, HBO among others. He was the CEO and chairman of VerticalNet, a leading provider of B2B “communities of commerce”. The company went public on the NASDAQ in 1999. Mr. Walsh is very active in the education industry, investing in and serving on the boards of prominent educational software and service companies like Blackboard, In2Books (now ePals) and Spectrum K12. He is also an active angel investor  He is or was an investor and board member/advisor in a number of successful start-ups and high growth companies, including  NutriSystems, (NASDAQ: NTRI), Day Software (Bought By Adobe), Verical-The Electronic Components Marketplace  (Bought by Arrow Electronics), IndustryBrains.com (Bought by Marchex), half.com (Bought by eBay), BlackBoard (NASDAQ: BBBB), Sensics HUD Technology, Transactis.com, LifeShield.com, MobilePosse.com, Ruckus.com and the European run of the Broadway hit-show “Wicked”.

He is the chairman of the board of advisors to the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Smith Business School, and is on the board of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a DC-based thought leader in policies and legislation, founded by four former heads of the US Senate, two Republicans and two Democrats. He is active in other not for profits, having served on the boards of the Philadelphia Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and the NY Theatre Workshop (where the play “Rent” debuted).

Mr. Walsh holds a BA from Union College in NY, and is the chairman of their board of trustees. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dendy Young

Dendy  Young is the CEO of McLean Capital, LLC, a private equity firm based in McLean, VA.

From January 1996 to February 2006, Mr. Young was Chief Executive Officer of GTSI Corp. and performed as Chairman of the Board from 1998 until May 2007. GTSI Corp. is a publicly traded (NASDAQ) systems integrator that provides complex computer solutions to government.

An award-winning executive with more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, Mr. Young serves on the Executive Committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, as Chairman of the TechPAC, and on the Board of Directors of AFCEA, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. He serves on the Board of the National Capital Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Active in community affairs, Mr. Young serves on the Board of Trustees of the Landon School, a private boys school in Maryland.

In recognition of his leadership and contributions, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from VARBusiness magazine at the 2003 VAR500 awards ceremony. He also received the Federal CIO Council’s Azimuth award for 2000 which is bestowed upon one industry leader each year. He was named three times to the “Fed 100,” a prestigious group nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to government and industry and won the coveted FOSE Industry Award. He received the Federation of Government Information Processing Council (FGIPC) President’s Award for his efforts in widening communications between government and industry.

Prior to GTSI, Mr. Young served as Chief Executive Officer of Falcon Microsystems, Inc., the second of two companies he founded and sold between 1981 and 1994. In less than 10 years, Falcon Microsystems grew to be a nationally recognized, multi-platform federal reseller and integrator before being sold to GTSI in August 1994.

Mr. Young holds a S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.