Organizations have traditionally viewed their government affairs (GA) teams as a cost center, with only a vague understanding of how or whether the teams have any impact whatsoever on corporate business goals. But in today’s increasingly complex business and political environments, the GA function is more consequential than ever.
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Government affairs has changed. Increasingly complex legislative and regulatory processes, along with the explosion of available government-related data, have dramatically altered what “success” even looks like for government affairs professionals. While rolodexes and face-time still matter, relationship building alone is no longer sufficient for anyone looking to maximize their influence. Instead, successful government affairs teams are beginning to turn to analytics in order to augment their own knowledge with the power of big data.
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The digital revolution has transformed most industries in ways that were unforeseeable just a few years ago. As this transformation has impacted business models themselves, professionals in many industries are finding that the very definition of success looks very different than it has in the past. The widespread adoption of new technologies has rendered many business practices less important, or even obsolete, forcing professionals and teams to acquire new skills and develop new success metrics.
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Arthur leads Corporate Development for FiscalNote, responsible for planning and executing long-term growth initiatives, to include partnerships and alliances, and for analysis of corporate data and strategy. He is one of FiscalNote’s first employees, and since late 2013 has led operations, legal, finance, training, and sales, and has contributed to product strategy and design. He also serves as FiscalNote’s acting general counsel.
Passionate about the applications of technology for law and government since law school, Arthur began his career as an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher where he worked on international compliance matters involving F100 companies and their operations in Asia, Europe, and Central and South America. Arthur then heeded the military’s National Call to Service program and was selected for commission as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. He led combat units on deployments to Afghanistan and the western Pacific, and upon promotion to Captain, he volunteered for a special operations task force in Afghanistan coordinating governance, development, and military training operations.
Arthur is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal with “V” for valor in combat, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia School of Law, and has published articles for the Marine Corps Gazette and the Marine Corps University. Arthur is a member of the Washington D.C. Bar, Virginia State Bar, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Tim Hwang is the founder and CEO of FiscalNote. Tim was recognized to the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Prior to starting FiscalNote in Silicon Valley, he started his career in politics as a field organizer for the Obama '08 campaign. He was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education a year later. Tim also served as the President of the 750,000-member National Youth Association.
Gerald Yao is the Chief Strategy Officer of FiscalNote and serves on its board of directors. Gerald oversees strategic and cultural initiatives at FiscalNote. He is responsible for the company’s international expansion and corporate responsibility efforts.
Gerald founded FiscalNote along with Tim Hwang and Jonathan Chen in the spring of 2013. Prior to FiscalNote, Gerald was the Director of Finance at the National Youth Association, and developed a decade of experience in operational leadership positions within the non-profit, public school, and start-up worlds.
Gerald studied Finance and Sociology at Emory University.
A veteran of high growth technology companies, Janet is an experienced B2B marketing leader with a background in building high performance teams, scaling demand generation capabilities, growing content marketing organizations from the ground up, and positioning emerging companies for growth.
She joined FiscalNote after building her career in software companies on a set of diverse experiences, including leading product marketing groups and a software engineering division at AOL; serving as CMO of TMNG Global (now Cartesian), a publicly traded management consulting company that focused on the emerging communications industry; and playing a lead marketing role in a series of start up technology companies, including Fishbowl,where she was brought in to reposition the company into an analytics provider. Fishbowl was recently acquired by private equity firm Symphony Technology Group.
Janet started her career as an intelligence analyst at the CIA, where she wrote for both the President's Daily Brief (PDB) and the National Intelligence Daily, as well as conducted long term analysis in the field of terrorism. She served overseas at the American Consulate in Munich, Germany.
She holds a BA in political science and German summa cum laude from Millsaps College; an MA in political science from the University of Minnesota; and an MBA from the University of Maryland. She studied European political and economic integration as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the Saarland, Germany.
Taj leads FiscalNote’s Client Success and Professional Services teams, which are focused on ensuring customers receive value from FiscalNotes’s GRM platform as well as consulting services. The teams proactively reach out and engage with clients enhancing the outcomes achieved by the clients as well as providing a high level of service and support. In addition, he leads customer advocacy programs within FiscalNote.
Taj brings 20+ years of technology and services experience delivering customer-focused business solutions to enterprise technology companies. He has led fast growth global customer success, professional services, technical operations and software development teams at startups and large organizations. He has broad Industry expertise in Government Relations, Retail/CPG, Energy, Compliance/Audit, Telecom, Finance, Investment Banking, B2C and Mortgage Lending.
Prior to joining FiscalNote, Taj served as the VP, Customer Success at SPINS, provider of retail consumer analytics for the natural, organic products industry as well as the VP, Customer Success at Orchestro, a SaaS solutions provider delivering insights and analytics for the top 100 CPG firms. At Approva (acquired by Infor/Lawson), a leader in enterprise governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software, provided GRC solutions and services to global clients such as: Kraft, Pepsi, Coke, Transocean, Comcast, and Bayer. Prior to those roles, Taj worked as the Senior Director of Technology Services and SaaS Operations at Opower (IPO and then acquired by Oracle), Network Solutions (acquired by Verisign) and Accenture.
Taj also has a patent granted for an Electronic document management system (Publication number: 20060184452). Taj has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and Math from Virginia Tech.
Vlad leads the Data Science team at FiscalNote, and is responsible for guiding research and development into advanced methods for analyzing, modeling, and extracting knowledge from the growing amount of mostly unstructured external and internal open and proprietary data related to government, policy, law, news, and social media. After joining FiscalNote as one of the first employees in 2013, he created the first version of FiscalNote’s patent pending analytics.
He brings more than a decade of experience developing state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms for a broad range of natural language processing (NLP) applications, including entity extraction, structured prediction, machine translation, text classification, and information retrieval. He has conducted research in a number of academic - Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland; industry - Raytheon BBN Technologies, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory; and government settings.
He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science with Philip Resnik at the University of Maryland, and his B.S. in CS and Philosophy at Columbia University. He has received a number of research awards, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. He is an active participant of the machine learning and NLP research community, having published over 15 peer-reviewed papers, and serving on the program committees for top-tier conferences, such as ACL, NAACL, and EMNLP. His team’s research focuses on machine learning for natural language processing applications in computational social science.
Ajay leads the Engineering team at FiscalNote, responsible for planning and building solutions to meet the product needs defined in FiscalNote's roadmap. He joined FiscalNote in June 2015, and has since developed roles and responsibilities and processes to handle the 100% growth of the team size. In doing so, he has managed the engineering efforts for the release of FiscalNote's GRM, the re-architecture of the FiscalNote platform, the release of FiscalNote's legislative data in an iOS app, and addition of multiple new datasets to the FiscalNote platform.
Ajay started his career as an Environmental Scientist and spent the first decade of his career at TRC and SAIC, working under contract to the Environmental Protection Agency leading regulatory development, enforcement and compliance projects. Ajay then decided to pursue his other passion, leveraging software to build products that changed consumer and business experiences. He spent over a decade at AOL building consumer experiences for both the subscription and advertising businesses. He led engineering efforts to release products scaled in multiple geographies, and managed engineering teams distributed across the US, Europe, and Asia. Some of the highlights in his career included managing engineering efforts for AOL's Welcome Screen and managing teams in US and India to re-architect the technology stack for AOL News. More recently, Ajay combined his interests in government and technology, by joining Bloomberg, to lead engineering efforts in releasing Bloomberg Government's redesigned experience, and ported the experience to a services-oriented architecture.
Ajay is a graduate of the University of California at Berkley, and has a Masters degree from Duke University's School of the Environment. More recently, at AOL's behest, he attended Virginia Tech's Pamplin School of Business' Executive program and was voted the top student in his MBA cohort.