Our Team

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.

Mike Derr, Community Engagement Manager

Michael Derr joined the Procurated team as Community Engagement Manager in 2021 and is excited to bring to the Procurated Team his 25 plus years of experience and wealth of knowledge to the Procurated Team in supporting the needs of our clientele.

Prior to joining Procurated Michael worked as the Contracts/Purchasing Officer for the County of Monterey, where he was directly responsible for the following operations: Contracts/Purchasing, Fleet Operations, Records Management, Mail Operations, as well as the oversight of two Food Service Operations and one Daycare Center.

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.

Denitra N. Gober, Community Engagment Manager

Denitra joined the Procurated Team as a Community Engagement Manager in 2021. In this role, she will create strategic relationships to engage, connect and introduce government and public sector agencies to the efficiencies of integrating the Procurated platform into their procurement process.

Prior to joined the Procurated team, she was a Sr. Public and Community Engagement Professional with the City of Atlanta, with expertise in building strategic partnerships, developing strategy, and implementing and utilizing cutting edge technology in and around the Greater Atlanta area. Her background includes ten plus years of diverse experience in human resources and marketing leadership roles in companies such as Aetna Insurance, Target Corporation, and the City of Atlanta.

Outside of work, she is actively engaged in professional and volunteer organizations around the City of Atlanta. She regularly offers her time to create initiatives and connect her resources to bridge the digital gap in underserved communities.

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.

Steve Isaac, Director of Marketing

As a Director of Marketing, Steve focuses specifically on Procurated’s public sector users - helping them to leverage the power of peer reviews in their procurement workflows and engaging them to provide their own unique insights for the benefit of their colleagues around the country. He is excited to use his cross-channel marketing experience to help make life a little easier for public sector buyers.

Prior to joining Procurated, Steve served as a Director of Marketing for Mercell - a global provider of eProcurement software - expanding their footprint in US markets. Before that he was the Content Marketing Manager for CARTO, a leader in cloud-based Spatial Data Science technology. Steve lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC with his wife Lorna and his daughter Quinn.

Karen Johnson, CPA, CGMA, MBA, Vice President, Finance

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.

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, Vice President, Product & Engagement

Becca's goal is to elevate the role of public procurement by bringing buyers together on the Procurated platform and making it easy for them to share insights and find great suppliers. She leads the product, design, engineering, marketing, and community functions for the company. Together, her team discovers new ways to solve user problems, builds innovative solutions, and develops creative strategies to drive engagement with the government and supplier communities served by Procurated.

Before joining Procurated, Becca led product management at Xometry, a custom manufacturing marketplace. Earlier in her career, she served in technical project management and business development roles at Politico, a leading digital news outlet. She lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband and their dog, Kunu.

Bryan Postelnek, Group 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.

Marc Sames, Chief of Staff

Marc is the Chief of Staff for Procurated. Marc is excited to be joining a revolutionizing platform solving problems for the public procurement community.

Prior to joining Procurated Marc held several roles at POLITICO, a leading digital news outlet, and oversaw strategy and operations for the advertising businesses. He started his career with executive administration at the World Affairs Council, Washington DC, a small global education non-profit. Born in Braunfels, Germany and raised in the Lower Hudson Valley, New York, Marc and his husband now call the DC metro-area home.

Dave Schweisguth, Director of Engineering

Dave leads Procurated's engineering team, hiring them, supporting them, and helping to build Procurated's software himself. He's delighted to be able to use his extensive experience building the web to benefit the public sector.

Dave previously built and ran engineering teams at Redbubble, Indiegogo, Fandor, and other consumer-facing Internet companies. Born and raised in the east, he's lived in San Francisco since the beginning of the millennium with his wife and their two beagles.

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.

Amanda Valdivieso, Community Engagement Manager at Procurated

Amanda Valdivieso is a Community Engagement Manager at Procurated. As part of the Community Engagement Team, she is dedicated to introducing and educating users in state and local governments on the platform to help them harness the value of the platform across their organizations effectively.

Prior to joining Procurated, Amanda worked with state procurement officials as the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) on the Professional Development Team and has over ten years of experience in both private and public sector community engagement and marketing. While originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, she has lived for the last six years in Central Kentucky with her husband and daughter.

Suyambu Priya Vijayekumar, ETL Developer

Priya is responsible for ETL process management, Data modeling, Data pipeline (ETL tools) development and ETL testing for Procurated Data science Team. Before joining Procurated, Priya led the ETL/Database Management team at Altisource. She currently lives in Delray Beach, FL with her husband and daughter.

John Walters, Community Engagement Manager

John Walters joined the Procurated team as Community Engagement Manager in 2022 and is excited to bring to the Procurated Team his 24 plus years of experience in enterprise software and public procurement.

Prior to joining Procurated, John was a co-founder of Periscope Holdings, a leading e-procurement solution for state and local governments. At Periscope, he led the development of the BuySpeed product, executing 4 statewide e-procurement implementations. He also led the NIGP Code and NIGP Consulting groups within Periscope. He is an author on procurement topics and a frequent speaker on public procurement best practices. A native Mississippian, he resides in Austin, TX where he can be found running the trails in his spare time.

Sam Wight, Software Engineer

Sam Wight is a software engineer at Procurated. They’re really excited to use their experience with several different companies and software systems to help build Procurated's platform. Previously, Sam worked as a software engineer at The Nine, where they led development of a new CMS and improved performance of client websites. They also did software engineering work for Nucor, Applied Tutoring, and Overlay.ai.

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.

Sara Zhang, Product Manager

Sara Zhang is a Product Manager at Procurated. She joined Procurated in September 2021 and is excited to build great products that solve impactful problems in the government procurement space.

Prior to joining Procurated, Sara developed Enterprise Student products in public Higher Education at Indiana University. Her professional background also includes diverse experiences in business analysis, implementations, and quality assurance at Cummins, a leading automotive supplier, and a Midwest-based travel automation start-up.

Sara is a native of Indiana, and currently lives in Chicago, IL. She is passionate about supporting equity and volunteering in Chicago's AAPI community.

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