Our Leadership

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Alan Pentz, CEO and 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.

Alan is a life long fan of the Philadelphia Eagles (yes, they booed Santa Claus) and his hero is Ben Franklin, a famous polymath, patriot, diplomat, scientist, politician, and was still the founding father you most want to have a beer with.

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

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Ami Retamoza, Chief Operating Officer

Ami joined Corner Alliance as a Director and member of the Leadership Team. She is now Corner Alliance’s Chief Operating Officer. 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.

Ami’s always looking to the future — especially a dystopian future. She’s sure to survive any zombie apocalypse with her master crafting skills.

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

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Jen Neely, Director of Contracts and 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.

Self-proclaimed numbers nerd Jenn loves to bake and try out new recipes, especially when she throws dinner parties for her friends.

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

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Cheryl Wadhwa, Director of People

Before joining Corner Alliance, Cheryl worked in talent management at PR firms and software companies. She’s all about making organizations more effective and efficient as they grow. Cheryl is also passionate about creating the alignment between creating a culture, being clear about what it is and attracting the candidates who connect with the culture.

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. She’d led human resources at three prior organizations and has expertise in recruitment, training, benefits, performance management and compliance. 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.

Cheryl loves to travel and spend time outdoors — don’t believe it? She’s been to 25 countries, 22 US National Parks, and 2 Canadian National Parks.

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


Ryan Felts, 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. 

Richmond, Virginia native Ryan is a sucker for Ken Burns documentaries… if he has the time while running after his four daughters and one son.

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


Darcy Ziegler, 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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Jayme Baumgardner, Principal Consultant

Jayme is passionate about helping public safety leaders save lives and property across our nation’s communities. From advising clients on operational information sharing strategies to implementing citizen preparedness campaigns, Jayme thrives when her clients and teams thrive. Jayme is known as a connector of local, state, and federal government public safety experiences to ensure the best of the best across the nation are exchanging perspectives on what works and what doesn’t to move public safety forward.

Jayme recently moved to Denver, Colorado and is enjoying the sunshine and mountains with her husband (Kurt), Boston Terrier (David Bowie), and retired racehorse (Everest). In addition to a strong preference for the outdoors, she loves to travel and see live music. 

Favorite Quote: “Do what is right, not what is easy.” —Roy T. Bennett