Our Leadership

Alan Pentz, CEO & Co-Founder

Alan has worked with government leaders in the R&D and innovation communities across DHS, Commerce, NIH, state and local government, and the non-profit sector among others. He has worked in the consulting industry for over ten years with Corner Alliance, SRA, Touchstone Consulting, and Witt O'Brien's. Before consulting, Alan served as a speechwriter and press secretary for former U.S. Senator Max Baucus and as a legislative assistant for former U.S. Representative Paul Kanjorski. He holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Favorite quote: "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want." ― Randy Pausch

 

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Jenn Neely, Director of Contracts & Finance

Since joining Corner Alliance, Jenn has focused her career on internal business operations. Her area of expertise includes contract management, financial management, revenue forecasting, proposal development, and internal controls. She has diligently worked to help the company build structure and processes to promote sustainability and growth.

Before joining Corner Alliance, Jenn worked with organizations at the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the General Services Administration specializing in strategic management, internal controls and business process improvement, public safety initiatives, and federal budget formulation and execution. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from York College of Pennsylvania.

Favorite Quote: "Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it." ― Julia Child

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Ami Retamoza, Director of consulting

Ami joined Corner Alliance as a Director and member of the Leadership Team. She now runs Corner Alliance’s Consulting Division, managing our engagement with clients from staffing, to delivery, to growth, to quality assurance. Her personal mission is to develop a confident future generation of consulting leaders.

Ami has dedicated her career to working on some of the nation’s toughest challenges through a variety of project management techniques, governance methodologies, and program strategies. She knows that the only way to provide full service to a client is also to have an exceptional team of consultants. Ami is an undergraduate of Hollins University in biology – a Southern Virginia all-women’s college that shaped her immensely – and George Washington University where she received a Master’s in Policy.

Favorite Quote: “Figure out who you are, and then do it on purpose” ― Dolly Parton

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Cheryl Wadhwa, Director of Human Resources

Before joining Corner Alliance, Cheryl worked in HR at PR firms and software companies. She’s all about process improvement and making organizations more effective and efficient as they grow. She’d led HR at three prior organizations and has expertise in recruitment, training, benefits, performance management and compliance. What she loves most is creating a culture where people are excited about Mondays… and every day of the week! That means a culture of high performers where employees are contributing in meaningful ways, are growing in their careers and feel valued for what they do. Cheryl has a Bachelor’s of Arts in French and Spanish from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Master’s of Arts in Public Communication from American University.

Favorite Quote: “What good shall I do this day?” ― Benjamin Franklin

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Ryan Felts, Consulting Portfolio Manager

Ryan's consulting career has been dedicated to supporting federal clients in the public safety communications domain. He is driven to solve client problems by creating custom solutions built on research, data, and true stakeholder engagement. His areas of experience and expertise include facilitation, stakeholder engagement, organizational strategy and transformation, and public safety communications. Prior to joining Corner Alliance, Ryan worked at Touchstone Consulting. Ryan holds a BA in Communication from Virginia Tech. 

Favorite Quote: “We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” ― C.S. Lewis

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Darcy Ziegler, Technical Portfolio Manager

Darcy's passion is bringing fresh perspectives to government clients and challenging them to buck the status quo in order to create thriving, successful programs. She has significant experience in project and program management, public safety communications, organizational development, strategic communications, and technology innovation efforts. Before joining Corner Alliance, Darcy worked on Congressional campaigns and in the non-profit space. 

Darcy is a Colorado native, University of Colorado Boulder alumnus, sports fanatic, and craft beer enthusiast.

Favorite Quote: “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

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Clare Gallaher, Business Development Manager

Clare has supported diverse Federal programs at the Department of Commerce, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State including managing Federal grant programs, interagency collaborative groups, and policy driven initiatives. At Corner Alliance she has served as project manager, portfolio manager, and now business development Manager.  Before joining Corner Alliance she worked for a technology and change management firm in Burlington, VT. She holds a BA from the University of Vermont and an MA in Policy from American University.

Favorite quote:  “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi