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Thalia Shamash Baumgarten
Manager, Professional Services
I work in Washington, D.C. where I help run our local projects with the U.S. Government. Before joining Cultivate, I worked for MITRE, Booz Allen Hamilton, and was also a tour guide in Rome. I love all things relating to coffee, cooking, math, and above all, spending time with my family. I have degrees in Math and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Consultant, Professional Services
I help run our projects with government sector clients here in Washington, D.C. Before joining Cultivate, I helped organizations unlock their capacity for innovation and responsiveness by redesigning work as part of Gartner’s organization design and change management team. I take a data-based approach to problem solving, and I have a degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where I concentrated in Business Analytics and Operations Research. Outside of work, I love learning new cooking techniques and trying to perfect my chocolate chip cookies.
I am a Navy veteran but I left the service to pursue a career in software development. At Cultivate Labs, as a Software Engineer, I am helping to implement the strategies and technical decisions made by the company to enhance the quality of our product with our client's needs in mind. My wife and I are from Maine but we currently live in Denver, Colorado. We are always looking for new experiences and love to take advantage of the great outdoors. I love to go hiking, camping, golfing or anything that will get me outside.
I live in Washington D.C. and work with our government sector clients. Prior to Cultivate, I was appointed by the White House to serve as the Briefing Book Director to Secretary Janet Napolitano at DHS in the 1st term of the Obama Administration. I then worked at Booz Allen Hamilton in a client-facing role for both DHS and the F.B.I. In my free time, I enjoy playing and watching basketball, cycling, reading U.S. history, and following politics. I have a Criminal Justice degree from George Washington University and a Law degree from the Catholic University School of Law.
Director of Engineering
I'm the Director of Software Engineering, which means I get to define best practices and strategy for our tech, while also helping to build and manage our products. When I'm not nerding out at work I enjoy hanging out with my family, and playing basketball. I'm also an Accenture and Northwestern University alum.
Director of Professional Services
I work with our clients to make sure our products make a positive difference for their organization. Before Cultivate, I was a change management consultant helping organizations through cultural transformations. I have an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. In my down time, I enjoy reading, cooking, and exploring Chicago’s great neighborhoods. I’m also a member of the Literassociates Board of the Chicago Literacy Alliance.
I think design is solving a problem in a way that makes someone's day easier and hopefully even more enjoyable. I lead the design for Cultivate Labs' products and brand. I have experience working on conceptual development and design for websites, mobile apps, and large scale digital promotions. I am a painter, metalsmith, dog geek and have a weakness for house plants. I have a BFA degree in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
I help set the direction of the company, cultivate (no pun intended) new projects, and work directly with some of our clients. I'm also a poor man's front-end developer. More importantly, I have a 9-year old daughter and 6-year old son who continuously teach me the art of patience and perseverance. Before starting Cultivate, I founded Inkling, a Y Combinator (YC06) funded company, CityPosh, another Y Combinator (YC11) funded company, and worked at Accenture in the Accenture Technology Labs. I have a degree from Indiana University in Political Science.
Manager, Professional Services
I work out of our Toronto (home) office where I help run a variety of projects globally with a special focus on the finance industry. Prior to Cultivate Labs, I worked in the asset management community where I invested in hedge funds for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. I am a CFA Charterholder and hold degrees in Economics and Financial Economics from the University of Alberta and University of Toronto. Outside of work, I enjoy subjecting my patient wife to Edmonton Oilers games and finding any excuse to visit the mountains.
I am a full-stack software engineer at Cultivate. I help turn the vision of improving decisions and judgement into software. My wife and I have a high school-age son, and a daughter in college. We all live in a big old house Lawrence, KS. When I’m not (as my daughter once said) doing “typey-typey important stuff,” I’m a musician and I trail run. My wife and I are on a quest to section hike the Appalachian Trail.
Analyst, Professional Services
I work out of Washington, D.C., helping our government clients use crowd forecasting to improve their decision-making. I grew up in California and studied philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. I have previous internship experience in the Department of Energy’s statistical agency and in two Congressional offices, including the office of then-Senator Kamala Harris. Outside of work I enjoy running (slowly), visiting national parks, and traveling to new places as often as possible.
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