Jennifer Saha founded Golden Bridge Strategies in September of 2019. Prior to starting the company, she oversaw the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)'s Public Sector Councils which aimed at assisting member technology companies and their efforts to do business with governments.
Prior to joining CompTIA, Jennifer served ten years as an appointee under both Governors Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the State of California. She most recently served as Deputy Director of Planning, Policy & Research for the California Department of General Services where she oversaw all strategic planning and policy development for the State of California's procurement and business management department.
Prior to her time at DGS, Jennifer was also a Governor's Appointee as Chief of Staff for the California Recovery Task Force, Assistant Secretary for Economic Development at the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, and Assistant Cabinet Secretary in Governor Schwarzenegger’s Office. Jennifer received her bachelor of science from the University of California, Davis and a masters of public administration from the University of Southern California.
Ann Barsotti joined Golden Bridge Strategies as a Consulting Partner in August of 2021.
Ann's 30 year career includes time as Chief Information Officer for the Department of Transportation and Deputy Director of Administration. She also served as Chief Deputy and Acting Director of the Teale Data Center and as the Chief Information Officer at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Most recently, Ann worked as an Executive Advisor to both California State executives and private sector clients. Ann is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Madeline Cline joined the GBS team in May of 2020. Prior to joining GBS, Madeline worked for a public sector focused lobbying firm, assisting local governments with their advocacy efforts in Sacramento to ensure healthy partnerships with the state. She also managed grant strategy efforts to help localities maximize state funding opportunities during times of increasing budgetary pressure and heightening operating expenses.
Madeline is an alumnus of the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship. During her time in the Assembly, Madeline worked to directly shape public policy focused on issue areas such as public safety, transportation, and natural resources. Madeline has staffed numerous Assembly Committees such as Budget and Revenue & Taxation, building strong relationships with the staff while working to improve state policy. Madeline holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from Sonoma State University, and a graduate certificate in Government and Policy from Sacramento State University.
GBS has a wealth of government and industry experts available to assist our clients. Strategic advisors will work on an as-needed basis with GBS clients.
Eric Mandell is President and Owner of ECM Consulting, a firm that focuses on helping large and small businesses to secure State, local, and multi-State government contracts. He brings more than 40 years of proven, positive results and diverse executive level experience in the areas of government and private-sector procurement, external affairs, strategic communications, and marketing to his current work.
Eric retired in February 2018 after 23 years of service and most recently, 5 years as Chief of Acquisitions for the State of California at the California Department of General Services (DGS). In his capacity as the Chief Contracting Official for the nation’s 8th largest economy, he oversaw all statewide contracts for everything ranging from AAA batteries to Ziploc bags. These contracts generated over $10 billion in annual state spend, and at least 3 times that much from local governments. They included multi-year agreements in the billions of dollars with private companies for pharmaceuticals, firefighting helicopters, IT hardware , software and consulting services, and Software License Agreements with Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and others. While in this position, Eric also served as Vice-Chair of the multi-state procurement collaborative, NASPO/Valuepoint’s Western Region Board of Directors and was a Member-at-Large of its National Board of Directors.
Previously, Eric was the Chief of California’s Office of Small and Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (DVBE) Services, California’s senior official tasked with certifying and assuring that that the State’ s small and DVBE businesses received at least their mandated 25% share of state-awarded contracts. Under his leadership, the State exceeded its goals 7 of 8 years. During the same period, he served as the Acting Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Small Business and DVBE Advocate. Eric and his staff created a streamlined, on-line certification process and an outreach and education program that is now considered the gold standard for the rest of the nation.
Eric has extensive and highly-successful experience in marketing, communications, advertising, and media. He has created award winning campaigns for California’s Breast Cancer Awareness, Enterprise Zones, Military Base Reuse, and Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank programs, as well as Sacramento WORKS for Sacramento County.
Eric is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and has done coursework at the London School of Economics, Harvard Business School and graduate work at California State University, Sacramento. He has worked on air and in management positions in radio and television. He also owned his own small business, ECM Communications, an advertising and public relations agency based in Sacramento, California.