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Rakhi Kapoor Sharma

Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer

Rakhi is a forward-thinker, leader, and innovator with a passion for making life better. She is the proud President of Rigil, a technology, strategy, and products woman-owned small disadvantaged business (WOSDB).

She founded Rigil in 2005 because she knew there was a better way: a better way to deliver solutions to customers and create work-life harmony for employees. In addition to managing multi-million dollar federal contracts, driving growth, reducing costs, and improving operations for customers, she directs the company's business strategy to position Rigil as a leading-edge partner, contractor, and employer of choice.

Under her leadership, Rigil's workforce has grown to more than 150 people located across the country, ranked on Inc. Magazine's list of fastest growing companies several times, and was named the "best of the best" small business by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Rakhi is a graduate of the National Institute of Technology - Kurukshetra and Stanford University's Executive Program for Growing Companies. She is based in the Washington, D.C., area.

Pankaj Sharma

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Pankaj is an entrepreneur and pioneer who loves anything related to leading-edge technology (and golf). He delivers artificial intelligence, machine learning, and gaming solutions to both the private and public sectors and has multiple patents to his name.

As Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, he oversees Rigil's strategy and operations including the company's customer programs and product deployments. He manages internal company operations to deliver optimal solutions and services to our customers. He also spearheaded Rigil’s Innovation Hub, a discovery lab that's produced several products and solutions that have made positive impacts on customers and the general public alike. Under his leadership, Rigil has seen consistent annual growth, been appraised at CMMI Level 5 for development and CMMI Level 3 for Services, and been named a fastest growing company by Inc. Magazine several times.

Pankaj holds an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from the National Institute of Technology - Kurukshetra. He is based in the Washington, D.C., area.

Alycia Rawls

Chief People Officer

Alycia is a dynamic Human Resources powerhouse with more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, training, development, compliance, benefit administration, employee engagement, recruiting, and talent planning.

As Rigil's Chief People Officer, she develops and executes HR strategy to support Rigil's business strategy and drive the company forward as an employer of choice. She oversees talent, change, and performance management, as well as benefits and compensation.

Alycia holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business and Human Resources Management from the University of Maryland College Park, is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and is an SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Robert M. Tobin

Senior Vice President, Information Technology Services

Bob has a knack for integrating people, process, and technology to drive solutions and make life better. As Senior Vice President, IT Services, Bob helps guide the company's strategic direction and leads many enterprise initiatives including Rigil's Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) appraisals. His work drives teams and solutions forward to meet customers goals and generate operational success.

Bob joined Rigil in 2016 after a successful 34-year career as a public servant with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where he served as an Air Traffic Controller, Manager in the Air Traffic Organization, Chief Information Officer, and Senior Executive Director for the administration's IT organization and launched its shared services organization.

He is an active member of the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Fellows Program (Partner’s Class of 2008) and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). He attended Brooklyn College in New York and is an International Coaching Federation (ICF)-certified executive coach. He is based in the Washington, D.C., area.

Somu Chandra

Director, Technology and Architecture

Somu is a technical leader experienced in IT solutions, architecture, and program management in both public and private sectors. He has served in a variety of technology and program management roles since joining Rigil in 2010 as the Director, Technology and Architecture.

Currently, Somu is the Program Manager for our Federal Aviation Administration contract overseeing significant programs and serving as a technical advisor to customers on several of Rigil’s contracts.

Somu holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Information Sciences from Temple University and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Steve Ingram

Director, Growth Strategies

Steve has more than 30 years of experience delivering innovative software solutions and architecture, and managing programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) while delighting his customers.

As Rigil’s Director, Growth Strategies, he is responsible for executing the company’s strategic business goal of expanding our products and services into new commercial, federal, and defense markets. Prior to joining the Leadership Team, he oversaw several IT modernization FAA contracts while serving as Director of Federal Programs. He’s also led large customer-facing projects including implementation of Rigil's Technical Training Mobile Learning Platform (MLP), StrataGem™.

Steve is a talented creative thinker with an expansive skillset in videography and visual design, in addition to his software development and program management expertise. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Jim Nunez

Director, Corporate Services

Jim is passionate about working with people and technology to make life better in our workplaces and communities. Over a 35 year career, Jim has enjoyed serving customers in many engagements for numerous agencies and offices across 10 of the 15 United States federal executive departments.

As Director, Corporate Services, he is responsible for contractual business relationships with our customers and partners, and also manages our company’s technology infrastructure. He also contributes extensively to business development and proposals. During his 10 years with Rigil, he has also served as engagement manager for many customer programs and projects, resulting in high customer and employee satisfaction, and growth for the company.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Management/Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The Lally School of Management. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and certified in ITIL. He resides in Northern Virginia.

Shane Roberson

Director, Strategy Solutions

Shane is a strategy guru with a passion for coaching and developing strong, empathetic leaders and transforming organizations. He equips leaders with the tools, resources, and insights to develop a deep level of self- and social- awareness for continuous growth.

As Rigil's Director, Strategy Solutions, he provides strategic facilitation and executive coaching to Rigil's most senior clients and created Rigil's Senior Leadership Development Program.

A gifted speaker, facilitator, and author, Shane has worked with small business owners, nonprofits, government agencies, and Fortune 50 companies. He holds a Master's degree from Princeton and a Doctorate in Leadership from George Fox University. He is a member of the Association of Talent Development, American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), Program Management Institute, and the International Coach Federation. He also holds multiple executive development certifications (CoreClarity, Everything DiSC, and Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team). He is based in the Washington, D.C., area.

Sean Rada

Deputy Director, Technology Solutions

Sean is an innovative problem solver with a passion for building technology and software solutions that make life better for everybody he supports - from Rigil’s federal and commercial customers to his teammates.

After graduating college in 2009, he took initiative to become a self-made entrepreneur building mobile applications before joining Rigil in 2012 as their first in-house iOS developer. At Rigil, Sean quickly expanded his experience, becoming a full-stack product developer, project manager, and client advisor before joining the Leadership Team as Deputy Director, Technology Strategy in 2019.

As Deputy Director of Technology Solutions, he is responsible for leading the organization in software product development, and staying abreast of emerging technologies for customer and internal solution delivery. Under his leadership Rigil has grown their product offerings and audiences significantly

Sean has a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, and resides in Washington, D.C.