Education

  • Certified Public Accountant – VA and DC
  • Bachelors in Economics and International Business - New Mexico State University
  • Greater Washington Society of CPAs - Member
  • National Association of Corporate Directors – Member

Overview

For over 20 years, Michelle has proven her abilities as a trusted advisor and financial strategist in the technology and government contracting industries. An entrepreneurial CFO at the heart of the DC Tech community since its emergence, Michelle’s talent for supporting startups throughout their life-cycles and to successful exits has set her leadership apart and earned her the Greater Washington Society of CPAs “Experience Leader-Woman to Watch Award” in 2016.  Notable successes include her CFO role in the sale of DC based media company iStrategyLabs to WPP, the world’s largest publically traded media company, and support to Thycotic Software in its sale to Insight Venture Partners. Michelle has supported the business community through training for groups such as the Washington DC Economic Partnership’s (WDCEP) Entrepreneur Road Map Series, the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, Women in Public Policy and DC Lean Startup Meetup.  She was featured in SaaS Magazine’s “Women in Tech” Issue in her role as CFO for Yakabod, Inc. a secure CRM software company. Women in Tech

In the Federal Government Contracting Sector, as outsourced CFO, she has advised technology focused government contractors through corporate growth and strategic planning.  She has enhanced operations through implementations of ERP systems including Unanet, Deltek and Procas and advised clients on FAR 31 compliance and DCAA audits.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic CFO consulting and advise through the business life cycle
  • Financial forecasting and modeling; cash flow forecasting and valuation analysis
  • Accounting system implementation and reporting for funded technology companies, including board and investor reporting, accounting for equity transactions, and management of employee stock option plans
  • Merger and Acquisition and exit strategy support including both buyer and seller side due diligence for media and technology companies
  • Revenue Recognition Standards - Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 606 and related revenue recognition guidance
  • FAR 31 Cost Principals for government contractors including indirect cost rate development and accounting structure compliance
  • Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) audit readiness and audit support including Pre-Award 1408 audits and Incurred Cost Submission (ICE) preparation

Industries

  • Software Companies
  • Media Companies
  • Government Contractors including 8a and minority designated government contractors
  • Manufacturing
  • Service Companies

Upcoming speaking engagements

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Resources and event materials

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In the community

  • Past President, Gonzaga Rugby Boosters Board
  • Development and Promotions Committee – Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. - fitci.org