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Power Moves: A team of power players is leading the new All Raise DC chapter

Plus, identity tech company Daon has a new president and CPO while Darktrace tapped a former CIA officer to lead its new federal division.

The steering committee for All Raise DC.

(Photo via @AllRaise on Twitter)

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These all-stars are running the new All Raise DC chapter

All Raise, the national organization supporting women and non-binary founders, funders and more, is making its DC debut.

The organization, which works to grow the presence of women and non-binary folks in the local startup and VC ecosystems, is launching a DC chapter today. The new chapter hopes to boost connection, as well as find novel ways to support those players within the DMV’s existing assets and build new ones.

All Raise’s inaugural steering committee includes the following founders and scene :

  • April Johnson, Happied 
  • Ayanna Smith, GET Cities
  • Carolyn Farley, Arborview Capital
  • Gabby Cazeau, Harlem Capital
  • Henri Yuan, VU Venture Partners
  • Juliana Cardona Mejia, Street Entrepreneurs 
  • Julie Saltman, Standd
  • Lulu Chang, Canapi Ventures
  • Maria Pope, Republic
  • Raabia Budhwani, MPowered Capital 
  • Shelly Omi Bell, Black Girl Ventures

Identity tech company Daon adds Ralph Rodriguez as CPO and president

Ralph Rodriguez. (Courtesy photo)

Daon, an identity assurance tech firm based in Fairfax, Virginia, appointed Ralph Rodriguez as the company’s new president and chief product officer. He’ll be heading up the company’s go-to-market vision and strategy going forward.

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Rodriguez was previously an executive-in-residence at Boston private equity firm Summit Partners. He’s also no stranger to the identity tech world as a former research scientist and head of identity verification at tech giant Facebook (now known as Meta). He was also cofounder and CEO of eve, an identity tech company that Facebook eventually in 2018.

“Daon is a market leader in its domain and it’s a privilege to join the company at this critical stage of its growth curve – as it rapidly expands into new markets and verticals,” said Rodriguez in a statement. “My goal is to contribute to the growth of Daon’s business and global market expansion.”

Darktrace Federal named Marcus Fowler as CEO

Marcus Fowler. (Courtesy photo)

Alongside the launch of a brand new govtech division, AI-based cyber company Darktrace has added Marcus Fowler to the team.

Fowler, a former CIA agent, will lead the federal division as CEO. Darktrace launched Darktrace Federal in March of this year, with the hope of offering cyber tech to the Department of Defense, intelligence community, federal agencies and national critical infrastructure. Fowler will be overseeing the division, which offers cloud IT and OT and email security tech.

“At such a critical moment in our nation’s history, when nation-state cyber-aggressors are actively conducting operations for dominance in cyberspace, we aim to empower the U.S. government to be steps ahead of attackers [and] to neutralize stealthy and sophisticated threats at their earliest stages,” Fowler said in a statement. “I am honored to lead the Darktrace Federal team and bring Darktrace’s proven AI technology to federal customers.”

Here’s who else has been powering through the local job market:

  • Silver Spring, Maryland’s Aziyo Biologics, a regenerative medicine firm that specializes in patients undergoing surgery, appointed cofounder Randal Mills as its interim president and CEO. Mills will be taking over for Ronald Lloyd.
  • Alexandria, Virginia VC firm QED Investors has made a move into Sao Paulo, Brazil after naming Camila Vieira as its first employee based in the area.
  • Lockheed Martin, the Bethesda, Maryland defense tech giant, has named Evan Scott as its new VP and treasurer and Ed Paul III as VP and controller.
  • Reston, Virginia IT services company Presidio Federal promoted acting general manager Thad Anderson to the official role of general manager. Anderson had been serving in the role for the past six months.
  • The International Society for Technology in Education, a DC-based nonprofit that supports tech in education, named Cheretta Clerkley as its new COO.
  • Riverdale, Maryland’s Medcura, a life science and medical device firm, named James Buck to the role of CEO. Buck has been a director at the company since 2018.
  • MorganFranklin Consulting, a tech and cybersecurity advisory firm in Tysons, Virginia, appointed Michael Orozco as its managing director and leader of its cybersecurity practice.
  • Unissant, a Herdon, Virginia-based analytics company in healthcare and national security, added Vishal Deshpande as its chief data analytics officer.
  • Reston’s Tellius, a decision intelligence company based in AI, appointed Hardik Chheda as its chief product officer and John Aven as its head of engineering.
  • CoStar Group, a real estate analytics and marketplace platform, named Cyndi Eakin as its senior VP of investor relations.
  • Following a rebrand of its cyber and software division as SilverEdge Government Solutions, DC private equity firm Godspeed Capital Management has appointed Rober Miller III as its CEO. Miller will also serve on the company’s board.
  • The Medical Device Innovation Consortium, which is based in Arlington, Virginia, named Andrew Fish as its president and CEO. Fish will step into the role in July, succeeding Pamela Goldberg.
  • Bethesda’s CareMetx, a tech company that specializes in improving patient access to medication, made moves on its senior team this month. Mark Hansan, the company cofounder who has been president and CEO for 11 years, is now the executive chairman. Jim Rowe will be stepping into his role.
  • DC-based Gallup, an analytics firm, promoted former global managing partner Jon Clifton to the role of CEO.
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