Our team lives the mission every day.
VANNEVAR LABS brings together a multi-disciplinary group of people with a wide range of experiences, over 40 years of military service, engineers from some of the top tech companies and startups, and a passion for delivering mission critical tools to support public servants on the front lines of the country's most important national security problems.
Previously, Brett worked with the CIA, NSA, and the Department of Defense on implementing computer vision and NLP technology and invested in startups for In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA and the US intelligence community. Before that, he worked at McKinsey & Co, focusing on the government sector.
Brett was in graduate school at Stanford before dropping out to co-found Vannevar Labs.
Nini Hamrick is a former US intelligence officer who spent seven years working with counterterrorism mission groups, including embedding with the US military overseas. Nini also served as chief of staff to the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
Nini holds a BA from Harvard College, where she studied Middle Eastern History and Arabic, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Scott Philips has over 15 years of experience developing data science and machine learning technologies for defense and intelligence applications. Prior to Vannevar, Scott was Vice President at Systems & Technology Research (STR) where he led their analytics business with the Intelligence Community. In addition, he has led engineering efforts at Palantir Technologies and MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Scott has a PhD from the University of Washington where he studied machine learning for active sonar systems.
Director of Mission Success
Erin has over 12 years of experience as an intelligence analyst, first as an Air Force Intelligence Officer working in operations support and then as a Mission Team Lead for a national security program. She also worked as a fiscal analyst and legislative policy lead prior to joining Vannevar Labs.
She is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.
Head of Public Policy and Strategy
Jason Schmid has over twenty years of experience in the national security sector. Prior to joining Vannevar, Jason was the Head of Government relations at Scale AI, and was a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee. Jason was also an Army intelligence Analysts with two tours in Iraq, one with the Iraq Survey Group and one as an intelligence advisor embedded with an Iraqi Infantry Battalion.
Jason has a Masters with Honors from Norwich University where he studied Organizational Behavior and Leadership.
Head of Finance
Erin Neumann has over a decade of experience leading finance teams. Prior to joining Vannevar, she scaled the finance function at Shiftsmart, a labor fractionalization platform. She began her career as a Finance Officer in the United States Marine Corps, supporting contingency finance operations in the Pacific and Persian Gulf.
Erin graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy and earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.