About Public Spend Forum

We envision an “open government market” where government programs and buyers can efficiently access the best solutions, the “right companies” for their needs, in a timely and cost-effective manner. Similarly, we envision a public sector market where small and emerging companies can efficiently navigate opportunities and stand out among the competition, solely based on their merits and not just who they know.

About Public Spend Forum

Our Mission and What We Do

We are enabling open government markets by providing deep market intelligence and a set of tools and ecosystem services. These include:

  • GovShop, a free supplier and contract intelligence platform for public sector through our FREE supplier intelligence platform
  • Provide a set of market research support services, all available under a p-card level – Coming soon!
  • An ecosystem comprised of government, suppliers, academic institutions, experts, venture capital and more

Learn About Our Products

Stay tuned as we fine-tune our full suite of offerings and solutions

Press Room

The latest press releases and media coverage of our initiatives

Meet Our Team and Board of Advisors

Public Spend Forum’s team is comprised of experts, thought leaders, and practitioners
who are passionate about social change and building a better public sector market

Our team

Co-Founder and CEO
Raj Sharma is a social entrepreneur and thought leader focused on public sector management and public procurement. As founder of Public Spend Forum, Raj is working with leaders and stakeholders across local, state and federal governments across the world to build practical frameworks, tools and communities to address the most common challenges in public procurement. Raj also founded Censeo Consulting Group, a firm recognized nationally for its focus on operational excellence in the public sector. He also serves on several boards, including Girl Rising, University Of Pennsylvania’s Center for Asian Law, Michigan State University’s Executive Advisory Board and NCMA’s Board of Advisors. Raj has also written as a fellow for the Center for American Progress and the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars.
Managing Partner
Ben is a nationally-recognized expert, speaker, and author in Federal procurement and non-traditional acquisition methodologies, who spent more than a decade developing some of the most unique procurement solutions for the Department of Defense. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of defense policy and guidance for the use of Other Transaction Authorities and provided training and on-site consulting for more than 5,000 Acquisition personnel as the founder of the Acquisition Innovation Road Show (#AIRS / #FUTAIRS), an organic, Government-to-Government consultancy. Ben is a regular speaker on topics related to alternative acquisition methods, public procurement culture, organizational change management, and acquisition reform. Ben previously served as Chief of the Acquisition Management Office for the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Ground Vehicle Systems Center, and prior to that, as a Procuring Contracting and Agreements Officer for the US Army Contracting Command – Warren. Ben has been a member of the Michigan State Bar since 2008; is DAWIA Level III certified in Contracting; a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM); and Fellow of the National Contract Management Association.
Managing Partner
Ash Bedi is a member of the Public Spend Forum management team, responsible for business strategy and research. Ash has more than 25 years of experience in both consulting and industry, with expertise in the areas of strategic planning, procurement and supply management. Ash brings a blend of private sector and government industry experience, having worked with Fortune companies as well as numerous federal agencies. Ash has also been a frequent presenter at high profile forums including Institute of Supply Management, National Association of Purchasing Managers, Sourcing Interests Group, and National Contract Management Association. Ash previously worked at A.T.Kearney and Censeo Consulting Group, among others.
Chief of Staff
Jake recently joined the team at Public Spend Forum as Chief of Staff. Prior to joining PSF, Jake received his MA in International Relations from the University of Rhode Island, where he taught introductory courses in American Politics and International Relations while contributing to faculty research projects on climate policy. Jake also received his undergraduate degree from Roger Williams University, where he served as Student Body President his senior year. Jake is particularly interested in the legislative process and its implications for public procurement – a passion derived from his applied learning experiences working in administrative roles for members of both the United States Senate and the Scottish Parliament. Jake has also spent time conducting volunteer research for various academic programs at the U.S. Naval War College. When he is not working, you will likely find Jake partaking in outdoor pursuits in his home state of Colorado or with extended family in Rhode Island. He is also a self-identified “bookworm” who is obsessed with anything related to U.S. presidential history.
Publishing Director, Public Spend Forum Europe
Nancy has 25 years of professional editorial and writing experience, including 15 years within the IT analyst publishing industry. She previously served as EMEA Head of Publishing for Gartner Inc. with responsibility for all client-facing analysis and reports, and prior to that as Managing Editor within the Dun & Bradstreet group. Most recently, she was Editorial Director for a technology PR firm. She has extensive experience of producing and authoring customer reference programmes, thought-leadership papers and newsletters. Nancy holds a BA (Honours) in Linguistics and Modern Languages.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UMD
John works at the intersection of computer science and economics, with a focus on solving practical problems using stochastic optimization and machine learning.
Director of Client Experience
Anna has a knack for analyzing and rebuilding complex systems and organizations so they can operate at their best. After launching her career in investment banking at BNP Paribas, Anna was a senior strategist at GLG, the world’s largest marketplace for B2B insights and expertise, where she helped redesign client outreach tools and establish the first Client Success team. Following nearly a decade in New York City, she returned to DC to serve as the Director of Operations for a communications tech start-up to support its next phase of growth. She is excited to bring her customer-centric experience to Public Spend Forum as the Director of Client Experience. When not at work, Anna loves pretending to be a tourist in DC, exploring the great outdoors, and caring for her family of plants (mostly alive.)
Harold (Hal) Good, CPPO, has extensive experience in the successful development and utilization of cooperative procurement agreements during his more than 30 years of director-level experience in public procurement and is considered a subject matter expert. His career engagements include city and county government, an international airport, a convention center, and a major university hospital. He has served as national president for two public procurement organizations and is currently very active in social media networking and consulting. He has recently been a presenter at NIGP's National Forum, the California Association of Public Procurement (CAPPO) Conference, and CPORising in Boston . His published articles include, "How to Make Public Procurement More Strategic" (The Public Manager). Hal is a recipient if NIGP's Distinguished Service Award (2002) was inducted into the CPO Rising Hall of Fame (Class of 2016). He curates numerous procurement and contracting related social media groups and Twitter feeds including @Hal_Good on Twitter which has over 22,000 followers.
Senior Director, Marketing & Community Engagement
Sana brings 15+ years of experience in marketing, communications and community to Public Spend Forum. Her work has spanned government contracting, managing global risk at a Big 4 consulting firm and most recently, founding and being the creative director for her own startup. At PSF, Sana works to share the tremendous, impactful work being done by the team, and to strengthen the community of buyers and suppliers who use the GovShop platform to do their jobs better. Along with her work at PSF, Sana's passion project is her family's foundation to educate girls in the most impoverished regions of India. She is also a published children's book author, frequent blogger, mom to two boys and lover of freshly sharpened pencils.
Jack joined PSF in 2019 following his graduation from Dartmouth College where he was a double major in Government and Environmental Studies. As a Business Analyst, Jacks works with clients on market research, supplier identification, and general supply chain management. Outside of work, Jack is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys skiing, backpacking, surfing, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and learning more about conservation. Additionally, Jack is a certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT), a Leave No Trace (LNT) instructor, and an avid hockey fan.
Director of Learning & Content Development
Frank has 18 years of government and acquisition experience, having supported the Transportation Security Administration's Secure Flight program as a Contracting Officer prior to spending four years as a curriculum developer and instructor at the Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy. In this role, Frank applied his subject matter expertise to develop and deliver high impact, practical application courses with a focus on interpreting and leveraging the Federal Acquisition Regulation for pragmatic and innovative contracting solutions. As an acquisition subject matter expert and instructional designer, Frank has developed and delivered technical courses on all phases of the acquisition lifecycle, the federal budget process, business writing, program management, and soft skill courses focused on customer service and the management of public spending.
Customer Success Associate
Connor continues his work with PSF following his graduation with a Masters of Finance from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. Connor started as an intern at PSF in 2019 during his final semester at UMD while pursuing dual degrees in International Business & Finance with a minor in Spanish. As a Customer Success Associate, Connor's focus is on business adoption, engagement, and development of Public Spend Forum's flagship product, GovShop. Connor assists small and emerging technology companies, as well as large enterprise clients and consortiums, to navigate the government sector. Along with his work at PSF, Connor is the Portfolio Impact Analyst and helps run the Baltimore Angels. Connor's passion is traveling and volunteering around the world. Connor has spent time in both South America and Southeast Asia where he has taught English to school children, reforested acres of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian cloud forests, and built sustainable permaculture in the Amazon rainforest. Connor's newest side project is facilitating and operationalizing the foreign direct investment in Afro-Colombian communities, specifically women-owned co-ops, across Colombia.
Content Manager
​Yanissa Pérez de León is a content creator and digital media professional with a passion for storytelling, a know-how in multimedia, and a focus on creating engaging and compelling content.
Customer Success Associate
Meghan rejoins PSF following her graduation from Christopher Newport University. Meghan’s focus on removing barriers and enhancing access to resources makes her a great addition to the GovShop Customer Success Team. When not creating positive customer experiences, you’ll find Meghan involved in volunteer work supporting women in need or listening to a new historical fiction audiobook!
Managing Director, Public Spend Forum Europe
Peter Smith is Director for Public Spend Forum in Europe and leads our work in that region. He is also Managing Editor of Spend Matters UK/ Europe and has been around procurement for 30 years as a manager, CPO and consultant. He was Procurement Director (CPO) for the UK's largest non-military government department in the 1990s, as well as holding that role in two major private sector firms, and was a non-executive director for two major public agencies. As a consultant he has advised government in the UK and more widely on procurement issues at the highest levels. He is a former President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops. His first book, "Buying Professional Services", co-authored with Fiona Czerniawska, was published in June 2010 by The Economist Books.

Our advisors

Co-Founder and Sr. Advisor
Jason Busch is the founder and Managing Director of Azul Partners (a media, publishing and advisory firm with ownership and management interest in a range of ventures). He started Azul Partners in 2004 after leaving FreeMarkets. The firm now controls the largest and most influential set of B2B, procurement and supply chain media and research resources online, reaching millions of readers and members each year through diverse properties including: Spend Matters, Spend Matters Plus/PRO, Spend Matters UK/Europe, Spend Matters Netherlands, MetalMiner, Public Spend Forum, Trade Financing Matters and Healthcare Matters.
Senior Advisor
Board of Advisors
Shelly is a technology entrepreneur and CEO of Tech HIll Advisors. Shelly also combined her two passions, politics and technology, to launch Root Square, an innovative fundraising platform using gaming to enable political candidates and non-profits to raise funds across social media sites. Shelly has recently been appointed as Vice Chair of the Women in Public Service Project 50x50 Leadership Circle launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton, and is helping to develop women leaders in government and civic organizations on a global level.
Board of Advisors
Wendy is currently an independent consultant having retired from the United States Air Force as a Three-Star General. Prior to her retirement in July 2017, she was Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency (2014-2017) where she oversaw a $1.4 billion budget and 12,000 people around the world in oversight of 20,000 contractors performing 340,000 Defense and Federal contracts valued at $6 trillion. Her oversight included business system approvals, quality compliance, production capacity, delivery timeliness, and payment authorizations of $500 million each day across the spectrum of Defense technologies. During her 36-year career, Wendy also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary (Contracting), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition (2011-2014), and Program Executive Officer for the Air Forces $30 billion Service Acquisition portfolio (2007-2011), and deployed to Iraq leading contracting support for military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan from July 2005-January 2016. Wendy’s medals and commendations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star. She is on the board of directors for KBR, Inc. and on the Board of Advisors for National Contract Management Association. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University, a Master of Science degree in logistics management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Managers in Government. Wendy is a 2017 Distinguished Alum of Texas Tech University, an Executive Mosaic Wash 100 Award winner in 2015 and 2016, and the 2014 Greater Washington Government Contractor “Public Sector Partner of the Year.”
Senior Advisor, Director of Research & Best Practices
Pierre Mitchell, Chief Research Officer and Managing Partner of Azul Partners, Inc., has 25 years of procurement and supply chain industry and consulting experience, and is a recognized procurement expert specializing in supply processes, practices, metrics, and enabling tools and services. He is a regular contributor to business publications, a frequent presenter at industry events around the world and counts himself fortunate to have served and interacted with so many CPOs and future CPOs.
Board of Advisors
Stephen P. Rodriguez is the founder of One Defense, an agile network of market leading, non-traditional technology companies, venture capital firms and research universities dedicated to scouting advanced software and hardware applications and enabling their transition into the Department of Defense (DOD). Mr. Rodriguez serves on the Board of CENSA, ClearChat, Coin.co, WarOnTheRocks, Public Spend Forum, GraySpace and Training Leaders International. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the National Defense University and New America Foundation. A Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, he also serves on the Term Member Advisory Council and acts as the President of the Foreign Policy Initiative’s Leadership Council. He received his B.B.A degree from Texas A&M University and an M.A. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He has published numerous articles on innovation in the Department of Defense and his graduate thesis on conflict resolution in the Caucasus resulted in an invitation to join Secretary Robert Gates transition team in late 2006. Mr. Rodriguez resides in Washington D.C. with his wife, Laura, a venture capitalist with Bulldog Innovation Group and their son, Fletcher.
Board of Advisors

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