Meet our Advisory Council.


Paul Cantey


Mr Cantey is a former President of Scitor Corporation and Member of the Board of Directors.


He also served as Chairman of Mabec Corporation and Member of the Board of Directors


He served on the Board of Trustees of Napa Valley Opera House and Music in the Vineyards and the Virginia Chamber Orchestra.


Paul is an Advisor to the QuakeFinder project, a humanitarian R&D group dedicated to developing short term forecasting technology for large earthquakes.

Mark Crowley


Mr. Mark Crowley is President of US Operations at Quintessence Labs Pty Ltd. since February 2014 and serves as its Head of Global Sales & Marketing. Mr. Crowley leads all engagements with U.S. government and civilian agencies and contractors. He served as an Executive of Residence at New Enterprise Associates. He served as Chief Executive Officer at SolFocus, Inc. since January 2009 and served as its President from August 2008 to March 2011. Mr. Crowley joined SolFocus from Lockheed Martin Space Systems, where he served as Vice President of West Coast Operations. He has over 25 years of experience in the U.S. Defense industry. He served as Vice President of Technical Operations, Vice President of Programs & Subcontracts and Program Director of SBIRS program at Lockheed Martin. He also held numerous Vice President roles in Engineering, Product Management and Air Force programs at Lockheed Martin. He began his career at General Electric and then GE/Martin Marietta Astro Space, where he led design and development efforts in a variety of areas. He is also an Advisor to the QuakeFinder project, a humanitarian R&D group dedicated to developing short term forecasting technology for large earthquakes.

Mr. Crowley has a BS in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois, MS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and holds an MS degree in Management through the Stanford Sloan Program.

Scott Fouse


Scott Fouse is Vice President of the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (SSC). In this role, he is responsible for leading an organization of approximately 500 scientists and engineers performing programs in space science and related R&D in adjacent markets. The ATC mission is to provide technology discriminators to SSC lines of business impacting the success of programs totaling more than $8B annually. Prior to his current role, Mr. Fouse served as Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Director of Advanced Technology Laboratory (ATL) located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Prior to this role he was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of ATL. In this position he managed the Internal Research activities and was liaison to the Lockheed Martin business units as well as the corporate staff. He was a member of the AFSAB, supported a number of studies, and also chaired a study on Experimentation to support Disruptive Innovation. Before coming to Lockheed Martin, Mr. Fouse was President and CEO of ISX Corporation, a 50 person company that specialized in creating and transitioning advanced IT systems to operational use. Mr. Fouse was a leader in the DARPA Command Post of the Future project, which created a significant advance in C2 Systems and was the primary C2 system for Iraq at the Corp. Division, Brigade and Battalion echelons. From 1983 to 1985, Mr. Fouse was Technical Director for Aptech Imaging Inc., responsible for real-time radiographic inspection system and support of ongoing image enhancement services. From 1976 to 1983 he was a Senior Project Engineer in the Hughes Research Laboratories Exploratory Studies Department. There he developed an AI-based signal processing workstation and a scrip-based classification system. He also participated in the design of a multi-processor image processing system that allowed for SIMD and MIND processing, and developed format translation software for Hughes very high-speed integrated circuit (VHSIC) computer-aided design (CAD) systems.

Mr. Fouse is also an Advisor to the QuakeFinder project, a humanitarian R&D group dedicated to developing short term forecasting technology for large earthquakes.

Mr. Fouse has a BS in Physics from the University of Central Florida, and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Dan Gilbert


Dan Gilbert is a high-tech entrepreneur, executive, and investor. He is the co-founder and COO of San Francisco-based mobile startup BeeBell ( and serves on the Boards of Directors of cybersecurity leader WISeKey NA and Belgian consumer video service DVDPost. Dan is an investor and advisor to companies including Entytle (, Peloton Interactive (, Premo Network (, Swell Energy ( and Trov (, with a focus on deploying processes, systems, and teams to support rapid growth. Dan also serves as an Advisory Member of Motus Ventures (, an accelerator focused on the Internet of Things.Dan was born and raised near Oklahoma City. After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he began his career in management consulting with McKinsey & Company and A.T. Kearney, later holding leadership positions at leading technology companies including Webvan, Palm, and Cisco Systems. Dan served as the Executive Vice President of Operations and Customer Service at Barnes & Noble, helping to drive the company’s expansion into digital reading. Dan led the supply chain for the NOOK® product line, spanning new product introduction, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, and customer service. Dan has been an active member of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s longest-standing angel investment group, since 2009, serving as a Limited Partner in the Band’s Acorn Fund.

He serves as a Founding Contributor on the Funding Board of MIT’s Sandbox Innovation Fund Program, sits on the MIT Corporation’s Visiting Committee for the Social Sciences, and advises QuakeFinder (, a non-profit developing technology to detect and analyze electromagnetic earthquake precursors. He lives near the San Andreas Fault in Portola Valley, California with his wife, son, and daughter.


Tom Hutton


Mr. Hutton is Managing Partner at XL Innovate, a specialized venture capital firm pursuing investments in financial technology, new opportunities for insurance underwriting, and related analytics.

He has held leadership roles in several financial services and related technology businesses, including CEO at Risk Management Solutions (RMS) from 1990-2000; CEO at White Mountains Re (2006-07); Public Director roles at XL Group, Safeco, Montpelier Re and Jefferson Smurfit; and Director roles at several private or venture-backed companies.

He founded New Energy Risk in partnership with XL Group in 2011, and served as CEO until starting XL Innovate in 2015.

He has non-profit roles and interests in secondary school education and energy/environmental initiatives.
Mr. Hutton is also an Advisor to the QuakeFinder project, a humanitarian R&D group dedicated to developing short term forecasting technology for large earthquakes.


Elisa Jagerson


As CEO at Speck Design, Elisa Jagerson has focused on facilitating relationships and the infrastructure supporting them, to ensure that both Speck’s clients and team members find the desire to remain a long-term partner of Speck. Elisa has spent her career running and investing in services companies. Elisa was Managing Director of the equity group Bay Laurel Capital, and also served as interim CEO in three of the portfolio companies. Earlier in her career, Elisa founded and ran PartsRiver, later acquiring assets of Saqqara and CDG, a Boeing subsidiary, to become the leading DQM provider in the industrial supply chain. In her earlier work with two international private equity funds, ZPF and Zephyr, Elisa managed successful investments into emerging market technology services firms. Elisa has been consistently recognized for her ability to increase the scale and profitability of a company without compromising the integrity, customer orientation, or supportive work environment generally associated with smaller enterprises. Elisa serves on the boards of companies and nonprofits including PartsRiver, Remedy Interactive, and Astia. Elisa is also on the Advisory Committee of QuakeFinder, a Humanitarian R&D research group dedicated to developing short term forecasting technology for large earthquakes.

Elisa graduated with honors from Princeton University and received her MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Elisa was a national champion rower while at Princeton. Her passions are many but most overlap in the areas of emerging market policy. When not at work, she can be found impersonating a jungle-gym for her three young children, or daydreaming about how she used to surf and mountain bike, and may again someday.


John McNulty


Most recently Mr. McNulty was CEO of InterAct Public Safety Systems, a leading provider of safety and security software used by government agencies as well as private sector businesses.
InterAct was sold in 2015 and Mr. McNulty has transitioned to part time consulting and serves on the board of directors of four private technology companies.
He has over 40 years of success in the technology industry having held leadership positions including General Manager, Senior VP, President, CEO and Chairman of companies in the software, semi-conductor, hardware, networking, and communications industries.

Most recently, from mid-1999 to 2008, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Secure Computing Corporation, a NASDAQ company acquired in November 2008 by McAfee Corporation.

Mr. McNulty is also an Advisor to the QuakeFinder project, a humanitarian R&D group dedicated to developing short term forecasting technology for large earthquakes.


Matt Patterson


Matt Patterson is currently the CEO and founder of Expansion Capital Group.
Founded in 2013, Expansion Capital Group provides convenient capital to US businesses.
ECG has lent over $150,000,000 to over 6,250 unique Main Street USA businesses.

Matt contributed to the formation, seed investing, and development activities of many new businesses in Silicon Valley, including Unbent Media, Swish Marketing,,, Zack Systems,, Zapaya Inc, Redwood Hills Financial Group.

He is an advisor to,, QuakeFinder, and Marine Science Institute.
Matt graduated from Stanford with a BA in Economics and an MA in Sociology.


Jason Regan


Jason Regan is the Director of Emergency Management & Performance within PG&E’s Electric Operations organization.
He is responsible for the development and readiness of PG&E’s Electrical Emergency Operations Plans, including implementation of its processes & procedures during an emergency.

Jason has held a broad range of roles with PG&E from Safety, Gas Maintenance and Construction, Grid Operations and Electric Transmission & Distribution Operations over his 19 year career.

Presently, he is focused on system wide wildfire support as we are in the peak of wildfire season.

Jason is also an Advisor to the QuakeFinder Project, a humanitarian R&D group dedicated to developing short term forecasting technology for large earthquakes.


Linda J. Reiners – Retired


Linda J. Reiners has more than 30 years’ experience in management of large and small projects for a diverse array of customers including Commercial, International, the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of Energy and other customers.

Her background includes operations of profit and loss organizations, strategy development, finance, business development, and manufacturing.

Linda is also an Advisor to the QuakeFinder Project, a humanitarian R&D group dedicated to developing short term forecasting technology for large earthquakes.

Ms. Reiners holds a B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of Idaho and earned a M.S. as a Sloan Fellow from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Bill RingBill Ring


Regional Director at Capital Group Private Client Services Works directly with high net worth individuals and families to create customized plans for protecting and growing their wealth, often across multiple generations. Also helps nonprofit foundations and endowments to realize their long-term financial objectives through effective planning and investment management. Advises Humanitarian R&D group, QuakeFinder) in their research to provide short term earthquake forecasting technology.

Previous assignments include:
    Senior Vice President and Regional Director: Capital Group Private Client Services
    Managing Director: Robertson Stephens Investment Management
    Managing Director and National Sales Manager: Wells Fargo Trust Company
    Senior Vice President, Asset Management Group: Wells Fargo Private Bank

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Stephen Smith


Mr. Smith joined Arma Partners in 2006.
He previously, spent 14 years at Broadview, the technology and media focused M&A advisory firm, where he was Vice Chairman, served on the management committee and led the Silicon Valley M&A advisory team as well as the global practice group in the infrastructure sectors of the IT market.
During that time, he was involved in EMC’s $250 million acquisition of McData, the $7 billion sale of Burr-Brown to TI, the $2.6 billion acquisition of PairGain by ADC, and the $120 million recapitalization of E-Tek Dynamics by Summit Partners.

Earlier in his career, he held senior roles at McKinsey, Fairchild and Amdahl and was CEO of Reference Technology. Since Broadview, he was a Managing Director with The Interim CEO Network and has recruited numerous CEOs to technology companies. Mr. Smith is also an Advisor to the QuakeFinder project, a humanitarian R&D group dedicated to developing short term forecasting technology for large earthquakes. Steve holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.


Raymond Paul “Raymie” Stata


Mr. Stata is currently the founder and CEO of Altiscale, a company that provides Apache Hadoop-as-a-service with “big data in the cloud”.
He was the Chief Technology Officer at Yahoo!, joining in June 2010 as Senior Vice President.
Prior to joining Yahoo!, he founded Stata Laboratories, maker of the Bloomba search-based e-mail client and the SAProxy anti-spam filter which he sold to Yahoo! in October 2004.

He previously worked for Digital Equipment Corporation’s Systems Research Center, where he contributed to the AltaVista search engine.
He was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, and has collaborated with the Internet Archive.

Mr. Stata is also an Advisor to the QuakeFinder project, a humanitarian R&D group dedicated to developing short term forecasting technology for large earthquakes. Mr. Stata is an alumnus of MIT, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science and Engineering in 1991, and a Ph.D. in 1996 under advisor John Guttag. Stata’s father, Ray Stata, is founder and chairman of Analog Devices, Inc.


John York – Co-Chairman


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John York is a physician, business entrepreneur and philanthropist. He and his wife, Denise DeBartolo York, are Co-Chairmen of the San Francisco 49ers.

John is a graduate of Notre Dame University and received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

He later completed his medical training at Loyola and Vanderbilt University.

John has wide business interests, including the DeYor Laboratories, a multistate medical, veterinary and industrial laboratory; operation of three thoroughbred racing facilities; and Co Chairman of the NFL San Francisco 49ers.

As Chairman of the NFL’s Health & Safety Advisory Committee, which was established in 2011, John has helped spearhead the effort to make the game safer at all levels of the sport.

He is also a member of both the League’s Audit and International committees, the latter of which he previously served as Chairman. John is intimately involved in the 49ers Foundation, whose mission is to Keep Kids “Safe, on Track, and In School.”

Now in its 25th year, the 49ers Foundation has donated over $34.6 million to Bay Area non-profits, with $4 million donated in 2015, including over $1 million in continued support for the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute.