e.Republic Ventures & Advisory


e.Republic Market Fellows are a bench of experts who provide input and guidance on the latest developments in the gov tech market.

Chelsea Collier

As the Founder of Digi.City and Editor-At-Large for Smart Cities Connect, Chelsea Collier convenes people across sectors to focus on smart cities for the social good.

She is a University of Manchester (UK) Simon Industrial & Professional Fellow (2019), a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2018) and an Eisenhower Fellow (2016).

Chelsea lives in Austin, Texas and is active in the local tech and social impact communities. She holds masters and bachelor degrees from the University of Texas at Austin where she is also a PhD student at the School of Information (iSchool).

Jeff Cook

Jeff Cook is a Managing Director at Shea & Company, a software and technology focused investment bank that advises companies, boards and investors on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and corporate finance matters.

At Shea & Company, Jeff leads the firm’s government technology practice and has advised on approximately 30 transactions in the public administration and public safety verticals. Jeff has worked with established and emerging clients such as CentralSquare, Emergency Reporting, Granicus, GovQA, OpenGov and Lexipol, among many others.

Jeff earned his Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Finance from Boston College and is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Public Accountant.

Anthony Jamison

Anthony is CEO and Co-Founder of CivStart. He has over 10 years of experience working with and for state and local governments on technology concerns. He has served as director of business development for the National Association of Counties and has developed and served as lead for NACo Smarter Counties Summits and CIO Forums. He is a battle-tested serial entrepreneur.

In his spare time, Anthony enjoys running, grilling and supporting NYC sports teams. He also enjoys international travel and is a well below-average golfer.

Frank Jarolimek-Proner

Frank is a Senior Vice President at MergerTech Advisors, a technology-focused investment bank. MergerTech has a practice area specifically focused on GovTech M&A and has completed transactions for a number of GovTech 100 clients. The company also publishes a quarterly market report that Frank oversees.

Frank has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry as entrepreneur, advisor and investor. Frank is passionate about technology because, as Arthur C. Clarke aptly once put it: “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”.

Prior to joining MergerTech, Frank worked in Brazil as an investment consultant focusing on global asset allocation strategies as well as private placements. Before that he was part of the start-up team at an advanced web analytics solution providing opinion mining and sentiment analysis. Frank continues to be an active advisor and investor in various technology projects.

Frank studied Political Science at the Institut d’Études Politiques (sciences-Po) in France and studied International Relations, Economics and Finance at the London School of Economics (LSE) where he received a BSc with Honors.

Steve Ressler

Steve is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Brydon Group, a private equity firm partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs to acquire small businesses. Additionally, he has personally invested in over 20+ gov tech companies ranging in areas from citizen engagement to public safety to K-12.

Steve was the founder and CEO of GovLoop, connecting over 250,000+ government employees, which he successfully sold in 2009 to GovDelivery. He was later Chief Marketing Officer of GovDelivery and eventually Granicus, one of the largest SaaS platforms serving government customers. He was most recently President of Callyo, a software and solutions provider for law enforcement, which he grew and ultimately sold to Motorola Solutions in 2020.

Steve started his career at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he worked for five years in a range of technology and counterterrorism roles. He sits on the Boards of Surecost and Munetrix.

David Shohet

David is a Managing Director with MergerTech Advisors, an M&A advisory firm based in Northern California. MergerTech has a practice area specifically focused on GovTech M&A and has completed transactions for a number of GovTech 100 clients.

He has 30 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, financial management, business capitalization and technology company management.

Prior to joining MergerTech, David was the head of finance and acting CFO at Rearden Commerce (now Deem), an enterprise software company where he led private equity financing rounds and debt financing of over $175M in new capital, as well as the acquisition of two technology companies. He was head of finance at one SaaS company and was co-founder for another. Thus, he has managed the entire M&A process from both sides of the table.

David earned a bachelor degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA with high honors from Harvard Business School.

Doug Shumway

Doug Shumway is a gov tech founder with nearly 20 years of experience in a variety of roles including CEO, VP of Sales and GM/Product Director. He has co-founded three gov tech companies that were acquired. In addition, Doug has held leadership positions at GovQA (Granicus) and CivicPlus.

Currently, he is the Founder and CEO of Public Ventures, a consulting firm specializing in public sector go-to-market strategy, revenue growth, and advisory services. He is also serving as the VP of Sales at Daupler.

Bryce Stirton

Bryce Stirton is co-founder and President of Responder Corp, a venture capital firm dedicated to supporting life-saving technology for the public safety industry. Responder invests through its Ventures division and builds and manages innovation programs through its Labs division. Responder’s portfolio includes over 50 leading first responder technologies.

In addition to overseeing Responder Corp’s venture and lab activities, Bryce is Program Director for the R2 Network—an innovation program built in partnership with the Department of Commerce to support response and resiliency innovation.

Bryce is a recipient of the GovTech Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers Award, a Team Rubicon volunteer, a graduate of Texas Christian University with degrees in Economics and Finance and will complete his Masters in Finance (ALM) from Harvard University in December 2022.

Dustin Haisler

Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer for e.Republic. As the finance director and later CIO for Manor, TX, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. A member of Code for America’s original steering committee, Haisler pioneered government use of commercial technologies not before used in the public sector – including Quick-Response (QR) barcodes, crowdsourcing and gamification. In 2010 Haisler launched Manor Labs, a website that let residents submit their own ideas and vote other peoples’ ideas up or down. The most popular suggestions went to city officials for review and possible implementation. Haisler looked to the private sector to help broaden the adoption of these and other civic innovations, joining California-based Spigit as director of government innovation.

Joe Morris

Joe Morris is the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer for e.Republic and a national keynote speaker on issues, trends and drivers impacting state and local government and education. He has authored publications and reports on funding streams, technology investment areas and public-sector priorities, and has led roundtables, projects and initiatives focused on issues within the public sector. Joe has conducted state and local government research with e.Republic since 2007 and knows the ins and outs of government on all levels. He received his Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from the California State University, Sacramento.

Mark Androvich

Mark Androvich is Chief of Staff, reporting to e.Republic’s Chief Innovation Officer, working across the company’s Innovation, Marketing, Ventures and Advisory teams. In this role he oversees special project management, serves as a resource for portfolio companies, handles external corporate communications and collaborates on the development and implementation of new programs.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctorate from UC Davis. He joined e.Republic in 2019.