Education

  • Bachelors in Economics and International Business - New Mexico State University
  • Certified Public Accountant – VA and DC
  • 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 Thycotic Software in its sale to Insight Venture Partners. Michelle supports 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 Unanet, Deltek and Procas systems implementations, FAR 31 compliance, and DCAA audits.

Areas of Expertise

 

  • 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, management 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 Incurred Cost Submission (ICE) preparation and support
  • Unanet accounting system implementation and reporting

Upcoming speaking engagements

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Resources and event materials

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In the community

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