Power Moves: Lolita Taub joins Catalyte as chief of staff

Plus, new board members at Dragos and the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce.

Lolita Taub. (Courtesy photo)

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Lolita Taub joined Baltimore-based workforce data science company Catalyte as chief of staff this month.

Based out of the company’s Baltimore office and reporting directly to CEO Jacob Hsu, Taub will manage his priorities with a focus on company growth. The role also includes overseeing executive staff, spearheading special projects and lending support to ensure the success of the leadership team and company as a whole, according to Catalyte.

Taub has held consulting and sales positions at IBM, Cisco and various tech startups. She also brings investment experience: She’s a current LP at Menlo Park, Calif.-based Portfolia’s enterprise fund, as well as a former VC at Backstage Capital (the venture fund started by Arlan Hamilton to invest in women, people of color and LGBT founders) and K Fund. She is also an alumnus of World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, and has spoken and written about AI’s impact on society.

Taub made the announcement in a Medium post detailing the move and insights into Catalyte’s approach to tech hiring that identifies and trains individuals from outside tech to become software engineers.

“First, we need to identify raw talent, provide them with adequate technical programming, and then they can worry about finding a job, right? What if the job hunt could be skipped? What if there’s a community that can identify raw technical talent, gives free technical programming and, upon graduation, provides jobs?” she wrote, adding that Catalyte is providing all of those things.


Hanover, Maryland-based industrial control systems-focused cybersecurity company Dragos said this week that the cofounder and CTO of noted cybersecurity company CrowdStrike joined its board of directors.

Dmitri Alperovitch is the inventor of 36 technologies that received patents, and brings two decades in the cybersecurity field. He has also held executive positions at McAfee and Secure Computing.

“From my initial interactions with Dragos, I was immediately drawn to [CEO Robert M. Lee] and the teams’ mission of ‘safeguarding civilization’, a worthy cause if there ever was one,” he said in a statement. “As I have gotten to know their technology and world-class and unmatched industrial control system expertise, I believe they stand the best chance of any company to dominate this important area of cybersecurity market.”

Dragos and CrowdStrike have an existing partnership that the companies said helps each offer security services and incident response in a streamlined way.


The Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce elected three local leaders to its board of directors on July 1.

The organization, which looks to promote business and economic development in the city, said the following will join the board to help guide the direction of the organization:

  • Adam Jaweed, director of business development at Harbor East marketing and branding agency Orange Element
  • Gina Ramsey, who founded Pink Dog Digital in 2018 after working in digital marketing in Baltimore throughout her career
  • Morgan Lyons, relationship manager at integrated marketing agency Strategic Factory


Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School will have a new dean come Aug. 15.

Alexander Triantis, who is currently dean at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, will lead the Baltimore-based university’s 12-year-old business school.

In a news release, Hopkins said Triantis has a focus on three areas in business education: interdisciplinary collaboration, experiential learning and online learning. At UMD, he introduced a number of new centers and initiatives including those focused on AI, cybersecurity and data analytics, as well as cross-departmental activities.

“I believe the future of education in business schools — and of course across many educational disciplines — is to establish unique and interesting opportunities for students to apply what they’ve learned and to develop the collateral skills they need, such as working with and influencing others, creating inclusive environments, and communicating well,” he said in a statement.

He succeeds Dean Bernard Ferrari, and was selected by a search committee.

Companies: Dragos / Backstage Capital / Catalyte / Johns Hopkins University
Series: Power Moves

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