Board of Directors

Cynthia Traeger
Cynthia Traeger, Chapter Chair
Cynthia serves as CEO of Pacific, a diversified technology & media holding company, and concurrently serves as President of VSI Pacific.  She leads Pacific’s efforts across aerospace, defense, sports, entertainment, and other industries. Additionally, Cynthia serves as a Trustee to the Board of Trustees, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology where she chairs the International Affairs Committee of the Executive Board; and is a Mentor/Advisor to the NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program and Feedback Sessions. She was a participant and author with the American Bar Association’s Digital Evidence Work Group, and a contributor to the Journal of the ACM Special Interest Group on Graphics. Cynthia is a partner to the State Department’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) program and is an active mentor for GIST companies. In partnership with GIST, she is an executive mentor to the Research Competitiveness Program for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She holds multiple patents in the areas of real-time data analysis for proximity and movement of objects.

Mark Johnston
Mark Johnston, Chapter Vice Chair
Mark has worked at several startups and gigantic firms over the last 35 years, building on two MIT engineering degrees and an MBA from American University. Mark believes that the entrepreneur community is an essential part to a thriving economy and has participated in MITEF since 1991.

For the first part of Mark’s career he designed jet engine fans and compressors, large scale air handling equipment, and industrial mixing machines. But combining an MBA and a long interest in computing, Mark now helps firms to optimize their business processes and manage information systems risk.

Mark is especially interested in organizational systems of small firms and the future of work.

Matthew Falls - President
Matthew Falls, Immediate Past Chapter Chair & Volunteer Chair

Matthew Falls was part of a team that built a technology company and sold it to a major national competitor. He now helps emerging companies that need a seasoned executive to fill out their senior team.

Matthew focuses on driving organic revenue, tapping the expertise of employees to reduce costs, creating innovation teams that transform ideas into highly profitable products, inspiring teams to win more business and creating internal controls and cost systems that sustain profitability.

Andrew Polcha, CEO of
Andrew Polcha, Nominations Committee Chair
Andrew is a high-tech entrepreneur, inventor and innovator focused on emerging markets such as IPTV, biometrics and digital securities. Andrew is currently CEO & co-founder of World Pipe Communications (, his fourth start-up.  Andrew has 20 years of experience in solution development, new product development,  business development, business plans and corporate construction.

Andrew is an experienced project manager with a specialty of developing solutions from concept to product in a wide variety of business applications. Andrew is particularly interested in client/server and managed services including data, TV and security – he is always interested in telecommunications and security and envelope pushing approaches in blending the two. In his spare time, Andrew serves as a member of the Chapter Executive Committee (2013/14) for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Andrew is also a member of Mindshare (2006), an exclusive, invitation only organization of CEOs.

Andrew holds patents in areas of VPNs, DRM, IPTV, Biometrics and LAN/WAN Services

Jason Ware
Jason Ware, Operations Chair
Jason is responsible for organizing our group to run successful programs which includes overseeing the membership, engagement, registration, budget and planning teams, as well as preparing contracts for speakers and venues.  He built a process to quantify event success and he created a system to track source data to build a business profile for our group.  Jason is also responsible for reviewing content, building the website and communicating MITEFDC information to the public.

Jason currently is a Director of Contracts working with cybersecurity, aerospace and defense companies. Before D.C., Jason was on Wall Street working on license agreements, filing patents, handling IP conflicts and networking systems for NY startups. His technical background, master of engineering degree and intellectual property work with engineers in various fields has been expanded in DC by work on security equipment and Federal contract negotiation.

Jason is also on the Board of Directors for the national Cornell Engineering Alumni Association with over 1,300 members in the DC region. He looks forward to applying the lessons learned from that group to building the MITEFDC group. Jason was impressed to learn MIT alumni have started over 25,000 companies worldwide.

Larry Trotter II
Larry Trotter II, Volunteer Coordinator
Larry Trotter II is the founder of Inherent Security a Cybersecurity consulting company. He acts a trusted advisor to C-suite executives and provides managed services for Cybersecurity Programs. Larry has been advising and providing services for 10 years across the private industry including Healthcare organizations. He believes clients are high priority and companies should proactively invest in security programs to protect the information their clients are willing to share.

Larry has supported threat surveillance and security operation programs for Fortune 500 companies including Visa and Verizon. He has also implemented Cybersecurity programs in the Healthcare industry. In addition to Founding Inherent Security he serves as chair for the Healthcare Technology Committee for the Northern Virginia Technology Council, is a member of the Health and Human Services Cybersecurity Task Force, and servers on the board of the MIT Entrepreneur Forum.