FiscalNote Leadership

The FiscalNote leadership team is a rich combination of entrepreneurs, data experts, and experienced executives who have led highly successful business units in some of the most well known high growth technology companies in the United States. All of FiscalNote’s leaders share the vision that data and analytics can enable organizations to drive more effective government strategies by delivering contextual information and connecting stakeholders across the enterprise.

Tim Hwang

Tim is currently the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a Government Relationship Management platform that uses AI, analytics, and natural language processing to help global organizations take control of their government risk and automate the law. The global company with offices around the world has now grown to become the largest privately held company in the legal analytics space and powers 1,300 of the world’s largest and most influential law firms, legal departments, and governments in creating a more open and transparent society through data. With Hwang’s technology and capital partners from the likes of Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang, Steve Case, NEA, Renren and others, FiscalNote is revolutionizing access to legislation, regulations, and court cases for organizations around the world.

Prior to founding FiscalNote, Hwang started his career in politics in the Obama ’08 campaign, assisting in the election of the first Obama Administration. He was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education a year later, overseeing a budget of over $4 Billion for 22,000 public employees. As a student, Tim also served as the President of the National Youth Association and the founder of Operation Fly. Inc., – a national 501(c)(3) organization that served inner-city children in underprivileged areas around the country.

Tim was profiled in Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc. 30 Under 30, CNN’s Top 10 Startups, Business Insiders Top 25 Hottest Startups, and many others. He is a graduate of Princeton and currently deferring Harvard Business School. He is also currently a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a Trustee on the Board of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region (the largest funder of non-profit and philanthropic initiatives in the region), and a member of the The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Gerald Yao

Gerald guides strategic and corporate culture initiatives. He co-founded FiscalNote after a decade leading operations in the non-profit, public schools, and start-up sectors. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the board of directors, overseeing international expansion and leading FiscalNote’s corporate responsibility program. Previously, Gerald was director of finance for the National Youth Association.

He studied finance and sociology at Emory University.

Ajay Chadha

Ajay leads high-impact, global technology projects for industry leaders. He is currently Vice President of Engineering at FiscalNote, where he leads the team realizing the company’s global product and technology roadmap. The team has grown 100% under his leadership as he managed the release of the first dedicated government relationship management platform (FiscalNote GRM), the category’s first iOS mobile app, and the expansion into new data sets.

Ajay developed deep expertise in regulatory development, enforcement and compliance during a decade leading engineering efforts at Bloomberg (launching Bloomberg Government’s redesigned experience and porting it to a services-oriented architecture) and AOL (managing the distributed, global engineering teams that rearchitected AOL’s consumer and business experiences within both the subscription and advertising businesses, including a new technology stack for AOL News, the AOL Welcome Screen, and scaling all the team’s innovations to multiple geographies).

Ajay spent the first decade of his career as an environmental scientist with TRC and SAIC, leading regulatory development, enforcement and compliance projects for the Environmental Protection Agency. He attended Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business’ Executive program (where he was voted the top MBA student), is an alum of the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a Masters from Duke University’s School of the Environment.

Vlad Eidelman

Vlad creates advanced methods for analyzing, modeling, and extracting knowledge from the growing amount of mostly unstructured data related to government, policy, law, news, and social media. He currently leads the Data Science team at FiscalNote and created the first version of the company’s patent-pending analytics. His team’s research focuses on machine learning for natural language processing (NLP) applications in computational social science and explores external and internal, open and proprietary data.

He has published more than 15 peer-reviewed papers and serves on the program committees for top-tier conferences, such as ACL, NAACL, and EMNLP.  He has more than a decade of experience developing state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms for a broad range of NLP applications including entity extraction, structured prediction, machine translation, text classification, and information retrieval. His research awards include the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, and he has conducted research in academia (Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland), industry (Raytheon, BBN Technologies, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory), and government.

Vlad completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science with Philip Resnik at the University of Maryland, and his B.S. in Computer Science and Philosophy at Columbia University.

Reed Fawell

A Commercial leader of new sales and account management teams with a record of successful growthin a B-B environment.

Arthur Karell

Arthur dissects the intersection of technology, law, and government. He currently leads corporate development for FiscalNote, where he plans and executes long-term strategic growth initiatives including partnerships and alliances. He is also acting general counsel. One of FiscalNote’s first employees, Arthur has led operations, legal, finance, training and sales, and has contributed to product strategy and design.

He was decorated multiple times during his combat military service in Afghanistan and the western Pacific – receiving the Bronze Star with “V” for valor in combat, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement medals, the Army Commendation medal, and the Combat Action ribbon. Commissioned as an infantry officer through the National Call to Service program, Arthur led combat units, upon promotion to Captain, he volunteered for a special operations task force in Afghanistan coordinating governance, deployment and military training operations.

Arthur began his career as an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher where he worked on international compliance for Fortune 100 companies with operations in Asia, Europe and Central and South America. He’s a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia School of Law, and has published articles for the Marine Corps Gazette and Marine Corps University. He is a member of the bars in Washington, D.C., and Virginia state, and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Richard Kim

Richard has been giving companies a competitive edge via strategic finance and M&A for more than 20 years. His expertise spans investment banking and executive finance at a late stage technology start-up. He is currently chief financial officer at FiscalNote, where he leads capital raising, investor relations, budgeting and financial planning as well as financial operations.

Prior to FiscalNote, Richard was an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and UBS, underwriting and executing complex financings to support M&A transactions on behalf of corporate and private equity clients. And earlier in his career, Richard invested equity and mezzanine capital into investment opportunities and conducted extensive due diligence to support such transactions while at Ripplewood Holdings and AlpInvest Partners. He began his career with Salomon Brothers.

On the start-up side, Richard was a senior executive on the finance and capital markets teams at Kabbage, a financial services data and technology company that provides automated lending to small businesses.

Richard holds a BA in Economics and Asian Studies from Amherst College. He also holds an MBA in Finance, Accounting and Management & Organizations from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Chris Lu

Chris Lu brings 20 years of regulatory, legislative, and political experience to his role as Senior Strategy Advisor at FiscalNote. Prior to joining the company, Chris’ public service career spanned all three branches of the federal government, including Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Under his leadership, the Labor Department was named the most improved large federal agency for employee engagement two years in a row. He promoted innovative programs that prepare America’s workforce for the 21st Century; represented the U.S. at international convenings; and was a board member of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

He also served as White House Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to President Obama from 2009-13; co-chaired the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; was Senator Obama’s Legislative Director and Acting Chief of Staff; and was Executive Director of the Obama-Biden 2008 transition team. He was Deputy Chief Counsel of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee working for Rep. Henry Waxman, and was a law clerk for Judge Robert E. Cowen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

He began his legal career in litigation at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C.  Chris graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Chris also serves as a senior fellow at the University of Virginia Miller Center of Public Affairs.  He is a frequent television commentator and is a contributor for TIME.

Christina Molzen

Christina has been building best-in-class teams and organizations across industries, and at various stage companies, for 20 years. She’s particularly passionate about high growth, dynamic businesses that leverage data and technology to unlock opportunities for their clients and where talent is a strategic advantage, employees are valued, and can truly make a difference. Currently, Christina serves as VP of People at FiscalNote.

Prior to FiscalNote, Christina began her career in wealth management, established the HR function at RTC, a WPP company; spearheaded Talent Management at CustomInk, a high growth eCommerce company; and served as senior strategic consultant at CapitalOne where she helped lead talent transformation across a geographically diverse workforce.

Christina holds an MBA from George Washington University, a BA from University of Connecticut, and holds several certifications including SPHR, MBTI, DiSC, and EQi.

Ylang Nguyen

Ylang heads the product management team at FiscalNote, setting product strategy and delivering technology solutions to delight customers. She brings a blend of product management and business operations expertise, with over 15 years’ experience creating digital products for Fortune 500 brands and startups. Ylang is passionate about nurturing high-growth teams and has worked at a number of tech startups, building NLP search, a consumer-facing social news app, and martech platforms. Outside of startups, she worked in the fast-paced environment of digital agencies, AKQA and Digitas.

When not at work, Ylang spends time with her husband chasing their three rambunctious boys and trying to minimize chaos. She loves traveling, experiencing new things, and really excellent coffee. Having lived around the world– 3 continents and 6 countries–she brings a boundless perspective to everything she does and deep curiosity and excitement to what she doesn’t know. She holds an MBA from Insead in France/Singapore and a BA from McGill University in Montreal.

Troy Willett

Troy grows revenue and leads highly successful organizations. His 20-year career includes sales and operational management, leading strategic planning and sales development. He is currently vice president of business development for FiscalNote, where he drives enterprise revenue growth and leads expansion of the sales organization.

Troy most recently led LexisNexis’ $125 million Large Law Segment Management business and held sales leadership positions in the company’s law school and research solutions divisions. He earned his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland.

Advisors

FiscalNote’s advisors reinforce our reputation as a trusted partner to clients across industries. They offer guidance, experience, and expertise across the business, political, and technology, and media landscapes.