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Public Spend for Her

Space for all employees of Public Spend Forum to discuss and further the causes and efforts of women at the company

Unlearning to Learn: A Vested
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Episode 13 of the Public Procurement
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Share. Empower. Project.

Public Spend For-Her (PSFH) creates a space for all employees of Public Spend Forum to discuss and further the causes and efforts of women at the company. The group focuses on specific initiatives both inside and outside of Public Spend Forum’s established community.

Through conversations, webinars, and discussions PSFH will share, empower, and project women’s voices and women-owned businesses by working will all members of our ecosystem. Our organization will have three objectives based on those themes.

Our mission and what we do

Share

Share

Create a safe space for members of PSFH to share their stories, experiences, and insights. Through mentoring and partnerships, members will be encouraged to reflect on and develop their own personal and professional goals. PSFH will also provide a learning environment through connections to academia and industry.

Empower

Empower

This pillar is two-fold: Internally,
to empower PSF’s team to flourish
outside their own comfort zones. Externally, PSFH will provide opportunities for women-owned businesses on their platforms, promote success stories, and bolster empowerment in male-dominated industries, eg: emerging tech.

Project

Project

PSFH will highlight and create connections outside of PSFH by reaching out to groups and organizations to project the voices of women. Speakers, webinars, and events will create broader, more inclusive spaces for women in public procurement and allow the group to give a platform for everyone.

Meet our founding members

PSFH members are driven to promote the successes and opportunities of and for women, creating a space for personal and professional growth for all involved

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Meghan Ries
Meghan Ries
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.

Sana U. Hoda
Sana U. Hoda
Senior Director, Marketing & Community Engagement

Sana U. Hoda: 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.

Jake Brostuen
Jake Brostuen
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. He is also a self-identified “bookworm” who is obsessed with anything related to U.S. presidential history.

Anna Galati
Anna Galati
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).