Leadership

Executive Team

James Ha, CGMS

President & CEO

James is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of experience in high growth companies. As President & CEO of eCivis, he oversees the company's strategic direction. James has thoughtfully combined innovative technology and collaborative strategies with top grant professionals to help revolutionize grant management in the United States. James is a certified grants management specialist and has overseen dozens of key enterprise implementations in state and local government. He 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 has completed the Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management, participated in the Leadership in Operations Program at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School of Business, and is Six Sigma Certified. Prior to eCivis, James held leadership roles at Softbank and Masco.

Merril Oliver, CGMS

Executive Vice President & COO

Merril is one of the nation's most respected and accomplished grant professionals. Prior to joining eCivis, Merril served as the director of the Maryland Governor's Grants Office. Merril was the founding deputy director of the office in 2004, serving in that capacity for 10+ years. Merril spent a year in Puerto Rico, where she developed a centralized federal funds management office for the Governor in 2014. Merril has also served on the US Office of Management and Budget and Association of Government Accountants Intergovernmental Partnership as a Steering Committee Member and co-chaired multiple workgroups for the Partnership. She was president of the National Grants Management Association from 2009-2012 and sat on the Board of Editorial Advisors for Thompson Publishing’s Federal Grants Management Handbook from 2004-2012.  In 2011, Merril was appointed by the Obama Administration to the Presidential Executive Order Workgroup on Improper Payments. She served as Grants manager and Management & Budget analyst for three years in Montgomery County government and previously spent 15 years in private sector business development. Merril earned a B.S. from Towson University. Read full bio.

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

As Executive Director, Ryan ensures that eCivis customers become "raving fans". He works closely with state and local governments across the United States, including the City of Los Angeles, City of Detroit, Harris County, Arizona, California and many others. Ryan strategically aligns the sales, implementation and service processes within eCivis into a seamless experience for customers. In doing so he helps each client improve their grants process and increase long term success. 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 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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