Management Team and Advisory Board


Patrick Ciganer

Managing Director

Former Senior Executive with the Department of Energy, NGA and NASA and Executive Vice President at In Q Tel.

Early participant in the development/deployment of decision support and expert systems for near real time imagery analysis and natural language processing. 

Focused on critical infrastructure technology investment and management addressing the energy/water nexus.  

Dr. Tom Bogdan

Chief Scientist

Former President of University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Senior Executive Service appointee at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and Program Director with the National Science Foundation. 

Current Advisor for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Museum of Boulder, and the National Solar Observatory. 

Author of over 100 papers and manager of a multimillion-dollar portfolio of research grants with NSF. 

Dr. Jim Berkley

Executive Program Director

Former EPA Senior scientist and engineer responsible for water quality, quantity and regulatory systems integration. Responsible for long term water resource planning and management of operational challenges through broad constituency-based solution generation and implementation.

Large and small-scale water system problem identification and actionable solution generation through the development of collaborative networks consisting of federal, state, tribal and local governmental entities while working in concert with NGOs and trusted third parties. 

Zaheer Ali

AI Program Executive

Senior Manager at USRA working on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). Co-founder of AIXIA Global and Material Mind, both AI oriented startups employing emerging technologies.

Former manager of several national security programs at the Department of Energy Nevada Test Site; helped found the National Center for Nuclear Security. 


Sue Lowry

Executive Director of the Interstate Council on Water Policy (ICWP).

Served for 28 years, many of which were as a Board of Director member for the ICWP in her capacity as the Administrator for the Interstate Streams Division of the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office. 

Sue currently serves as the Federal Chair to the Red River Compact Commission involving four states.

Bobby German

Served as NASA’s Chief Information Officer after a 27-year career with the agency, providing leadership, policy direction, and oversight of NASA’s information technology and management.

Current consultant for multiple clients requiring his expertise in IT management, including IBM, InDyne, Zantech, SGT, Trinnovim, Business Integra, GTI Federal, Appsential, and Turner Consulting Group. 

Matt Abrams

Technologist, investor, advisor, public speaker, partner at Seven Peaks Ventures.

20 years in the enterprise software industry as an operator leading product management, engineering, customer success, and industry standards teams from companies of 200-100,000 employees. 

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