Executive Team

James Ha

President & CEO

As CEO of eCivis, James oversees the company's strategic direction and is responsible for running all facets of the business. He is an accomplished executive with over 20 years of experience in high-growth companies. Under his leadership, eCivis continues to increase its position as market leader, providing innovative grant acquisition and management solutions to state, local and tribal governments. James holds a bachelor of science in business administration, with an emphasis on accounting, and a second bachelor's degree in information technology from the University of Massachusetts. James also completed the Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management and is a Certified Grant Management Specialist.

Sami Hoda

VP of Product & Technology

Sami brings 20+ years of technology savvy to the public and private sector. He oversees and manages eCivis’ Product Management, Software Engineering, Research, and Information Technology departments and is the chief architect of eCivis’ grants management software. Outside eCivis, he is an author, blogger, open-source contributor, and a member of the International Association of Software Architects. Sami holds two bachelor of science degrees in business administration–the first with an emphasis on computer information systems and the second with an emphasis on management and human resources, concentrating on organizational behavior.

Ryan Baird

Executive Director, Client Solutions

As the Sr. Director of Client Solutions, Ryan brings years of customer service and support expertise to eCivis clients. During his time at eCivis he has worked to implement Grant Management Solutions for some of the largest organizations in the United States including the City of Los Angeles, City of Detroit, County of Harris, State of Arizona, County of San Diego, Port of Long Beach and many others.

Ryan strategically leads the client services team to provide not only customer care and support but to assist each client in improving their grants processes and procedures to increase their long term success. Prior to joining eCivis Ryan attended California State University of Northridge where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Business with an emphasis on copyright law and licensing.

Kirk Fernandez, Chairman of the Board, and CEO of Fernandez Holdings

Kirk is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Fernandez Holdings, Inc. (FHI), and also the Chairman of the Board and majority owner of eCivis. In 2001, Kirk founded Solutionz Conferencing, Inc., now a leading video conferencing and audio visual integration firm. From this success, Kirk expanded into other industries and has consolidated well-run, profitable businesses under the FHI banner. FHI finds and develops new businesses that meet the firm’s investment criteria and works with senior management of its portfolio companies to develop growth strategies, uncover new opportunities, and leverage synergies among FHI companies. Kirk holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Pepperdine University and is an advocate of philanthropic ventures.

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