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 drives progress at the intersection of government and technology. He is currently co-founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a global data analytics and advisory firm with offices in Washington D.C., New York, and Seoul. Inspired to solve the problems he saw while serving on a regional school board that managed a $4 billion budget and 22,000 public employees, Tim cofounded FiscalNote in 2013. Already, more than 200 of the world’s most important companies, law firms, consultancies, and governments rely on FiscalNote’s groundbreaking Government Relations Management platform to manage risk and achieve their business, legislative and regulatory goals.

Prior to FiscalNote, Tim focused on politics. First as a field organizer for the Obama-Biden 2008 campaign, and then as a member of the Montgomery County (Md.) Board of Education – the youngest person ever elected to that body. He also served as president of the 750,000-member National Youth Association youth lobby and founded Operation Fly – a non-profit serving inner-city children in underprivileged areas across the country.

Tim is a World Economic Forum New Champion, a member of The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and has been named to Forbes and Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 lists. FiscalNote is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and has been named a CNN Top 10 Startup and Business Insider Top 25 Hottest Startup, among others. He is an alum of Princeton University and has deferred his acceptance to Harvard Business School to lead FiscalNote.

Martin Kilmer

Martin solves customers’ problems with a mix of global business management, product development, and operations. He’s spent his career leading innovative legal information and analysis firms, and was an attorney before moving to data analytics and advanced technologies. He is currently Chief Operating Officer and Head of Product at FiscalNote.

Previously, he held multiple executive and leadership roles within RELX Group’s LexisNexis unit, where he also won that company’s Global Achievement Award. While there, he led global engineering teams in creating SaaS-based B2B products, managed a $125 million development budget, and coordinated global mergers & acquisitions. While VP of product platforms, he led the strategic business development for LexisNexis’ $2 billion modern flagship research product, Lexis Advance, and the underlying New Lexis infrastructure. He also held business-management, editorial, and product development roles for companies in the portfolio, including Mathew Bender and Shepard’s. He most recently advised global companies on business development strategies, customer discovery, market opportunities, product evaluation, process improvement and team development as president of GreyDog Advisors.

Martin practiced law following graduation from the University of California-Davis School of Law, where he was also inducted into the Order of Barristers. He remains licensed in California and Colorado. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science with honors from Wheaton College. He is Pragmatic Marketing certified and has attended leadership training at the University of Chicago and Babson College.


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.

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.


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.


Janet Hall

Janet leads high-performance teams that expand markets and drive growth for high-growth technology and consulting companies. She currently leads Marketing at FiscalNote. Her team is positioning the early-stage company for sustained growth via a number of strategic initiatives including rapidly scaling demand generation and creating content marketing from the ground up.

Prior to FiscalNote, Janet was Chief Marketing Officer at emerging-communications management consulting firm TMNG Global (now Cartesian). She led product marketing groups and a software-engineering division at AOL; repositioned restaurant-industry consulting firm Fishbowl into an analytics leader; and led marketing at a series of technology start-ups. Janet began her career as an intelligence analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where she contributed to both the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) and the National Intelligence Daily, conducted long-term analysis in the field of terrorism, and served at the American Consulate in Munich, Germany.

She studied European political and economic integration as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the Saarland, Germany. She also holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, a Masters in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and a BA Summa Cum Laude in political science and German from Millsaps College.

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Chris Lu

Chris Lu brings deep expertise from more than 20 years in regulatory, legislative, and political leadership to the commercial sector for the first time. He is currently Senior Strategy Advisor at FiscalNote. Prior to FiscalNote, Chris’s 20-year career in public service spanned all three branches of the federal government, most recently as 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, rising from 17th place (out of 19 agencies to 6th place. There he promoted innovative programs and championed state and local initiatives that prepare America’s workforce for the 21st Century; represented the U.S. at international bi- and multilateral convenings; and was a board member of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the federal Diversity and Inclusion in Government Council.

He also served as White House Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to the President for Barack Obama; co-chaired the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; was Senator Barack Obama’s first Legislative Director and then Acting Chief of Staff; and was Executive Director of the Obama-Biden transition team – described as the most successful transition in history. 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. He has been a fellow at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Chris graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School. He holds numerous awards including an honorary doctorate from MacMurray College.

Taj Chadha

Taj produces rapid, global, customer-focused business solutions for enterprise-technology companies. He currently leads FiscalNote’s Client Success and Professional Services teams as well as customer advocacy programs. A 20+ year veteran of positions within start-ups through large organizations, Taj has led customer success, professional services, technical operations, and software development teams. He has deep expertise in government relations, compliance/audit, telecom, finance, energy, retail/CPG, energy, investment banking, B2C, and mortgage lending.

Prior to FiscalNote, Taj was VP of Customer Success at retail consumer analytics firm SPINS, and VP of Customer Success at SaaS analytics, insights provider and CPG industry leader, Orchestro. He created governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software and services for global clients including Kraft, Pepsi, Coke, Transocean, Comcast and Bayer while at Approva (now part of Infor). He was also Senior Director of Technology Services and SaaS Operations at Opower (now part of Oracle), Network Solutions (now part of Verisign), and Accenture.

Taj holds a patent for an Electronic Document Management System (Publication number: 20060184452). He has a BS in Electrical Engineering and Math from Virginia Tech.


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