Meet the Employees

Our employees come from diverse backgrounds and solve diverse problems, but all embody the drive, creativity, teamwork, and passion that make us who we are. Meet some of them here!

Alex Jou

Software Engineering Director

Employee Since 2010

Why I chose PowerAdvocate: PowerAdvocate is a place that recognizes hard work and provides great opportunities to grow and take on more responsibility.  My teammates are all wonderful, smart people and I love coming in to work with them every day!

College: Northeastern University, Dual Major in Computer and Information Sciences 

Career path so far: I started as a Northeastern University Co-op in 2009, then joined full-time after graduating in 2010. Previously I worked as a software developer Co-op at Citigroup where I learned a lot of the techniques I still use today. 

Favorite things about PowerAdvocate: PowerAdvocate’s software development methodology and culture is second to none. It’s a place where quality comes first and we all buy into a culture of responsibility, cooperation and learning. We make the right decisions about what we build and how we go about it, even if they’re inconvenient or difficult. 

Hobbies/activities outside of work: I’m an active person and I love playing sports and bicycling. I’ve traveled internationally to almost every populated continent, and travel/street photography is a passion of mine. When I’m closer to home I enjoy cooking, snowboarding and board games with friends. 

 

Andrew Jean-Louis

Energy Consulting Director

Employee Since 2014

Why I chose PowerAdvocate: I joined PowerAdvocate because of my passion for the energy industry and my desire to become a leader in the field. PowerAdvocate is urging energy companies to optimize supply chain operations by leveraging technology and industry best practices. In my opinion, that is truly a compelling mission considering today’s economic climate.  

College: Dartmouth College, B.S. Mechanical Engineering; B.A. Engineering modified with Economics

Projects worked on: I have worked on a number of projects in several countries. To name a few, I worked in the Middle East assisting a brand new nuclear company establish their procurement division; I implemented custom category management practices at an electric utility in the United States; and I assisted a Canadian utility develop a business plan to address a drastic reduction in expected capital project work. I find it extremely rewarding to see positive step changes in clients who are navigating challenging circumstances. 

Why I chose PowerAdvocate: I joined PowerAdvocate because of my passion for the energy industry and my desire to become a leader in the field. PowerAdvocate is urging energy companies to optimize supply chain operations by leveraging technology and industry best practices. In my opinion, that is truly a compelling mission considering today’s economic climate. 

Favorite things about PowerAdvocate: The community at PowerAdvocate is one saturated with individuals who are passionate, knowledgeable, and personable. I enjoy working with and learning from such talented people.  

Hobbies/activities outside of work: I’m a sports fanatic. Hailing from New York, I enjoy following the Knicks and Jets despite how painful that might be. I also seize every opportunity to stay active. For me that means the occasional pick-up basketball game, squash match, or hacking away at the grass underneath golf balls. 

 

Ashlea Van Ha

Director of Spend Intelligence Group

Employee Since 2010

Why I chose PA: I was introduced to PowerAdvocate by a friend and after talking to her, I thought it would be a great fit for me due to the interesting & challenging projects that energy supply chain departments face as well as the engaging company culture at PA.   

Projects worked onI started out in the Client Services team for about 3.5 years which introduced me to numerous energy supply chain organizations across the US where we worked with them through major mergers and acquisitions, strategic sourcing strategies as well as category management plans.  I then transitioned to the Spend team in 2014 which allowed me to dive more into the data by cleaning, enriching and classifying our energy customer’s spend transactions.  As part of the Spend team, I have had the opportunity to become a Product Owner and am now currently an Operations Manager.

Favorite things about PA: One of my favorite things that I like about PowerAdvocate is the many opportunities that it has given me over the years that have allowed me to grow and learn.  I also really enjoy working with so many talented and passionate people across PowerAdvocate.   

Hobbies/activities outside of work: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching Villanova basketball, playing golf and running 

 

 

Bridget Rudgers

Client Services Manager 

Employee Since 2018

Favorite things about PAIt may be a cliché thing to say, but PowerAdvocate has a uniquely talented and motivated group of employees. It’s rare to find a team of individuals who are passionate and collaborative about working towards a goal while also having fun along the way.

College: Cornell University, B.S. in Communication with a Concentration in Business and Focus Areas in Environment, Science & Health, Social Influence and Media Studies 

Career path so far: I started my career in the energy industry at Constellation (a subsidiary of Exelon) as a Business Development Analyst. In this role, I was exposed to the complicated economics of electricity generation, distribution and demand, which sparked my passion for the industry. Seeking to expand my skill sets and exposure to different utilities, I moved to a marketing and operations role on the Utility Sales and Marketing team at PowerAdvocate. After a year, I learned that out of all my responsibilities – from creating provocative content to managing events and team operations – I enjoyed working directly with our clients the most. This propelled me to seek a role on PowerAdvocate’s Client Services team where I am today.

Why did you choose PAPowerAdvocate provides a niche and crucial service to energy organizations across the world. At first, I was solely interested in learning about this unique facet of the energy industry, but what truly drew me to the company was the support and flexibility that comes with an agile organization dedicated to not only teaching and developing their employees, but to embracing new ideas and innovations.  

Hobbies/activities outside of work: In the off chance there is nice weather in Boston, I love to be outside and play pick-up basketball, go running and explore the city. I am a huge fan of everything comedy related including seeing live shows and occasionally writing and preforming. I currently serve on the Board of the Boston Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) am on the Communication Committee for New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE).

 

Cindy Yu

Senior Software Developer 

Employee Since 2012 

Hobbies/activities outside of work: I love movies and cooking, and also have a great passion for Zumba. I recently became a licensed Zumba Instructor in hopes that I would teach it in a gym or dance studio one day. 

College: Northeastern University, B.S. Dual Major in Computer Science and Business 

Career path so far: I worked at a big company, Goldman Sachs, in my third Northeastern University Coop and then was offered my first job as an analyst developer right out of college.  In 2012, a college friend introduced me to PowerAdvocate and told me it would provide tremendous learning opportunities for web technology to round out my back end experience.  At first, I was placed in a team that was working on a Monthly Data Update feature for one of the Energy Intelligence Platform (EIP) products.  Learning both the business and technology at the same time was quite challenging but it was also quite rewarding.  Later my team was given more responsibilities to support and build new features for other EIP products including Sourcing Intelligence, Market Intelligence, Contract intelligence and Spend Intelligence.  For the past couple years working in PowerAdvocate, I have been part of building the Suppliers and Strategy relays for Market Intelligence, re-designing the new dashboard for Sourcing Intelligence and assisting multiple software upgrades for the EIP platform. 

Favorite things about PowerAdvocate: I like PowerAdvocate because it is smaller, more agile and fast-paced in terms of adopting up-to-date technology. While a big company may take one year or even longer to upgrade to the next major version of Java, PowerAdvocate has done upgrades for Java, WebLogic, Oracle and its automation tool in a span of two years while still delivering new features to our clients.  Another thing that I love about PowerAdvocate is the people that I get to work with on a daily basis.  In addition to the hard work and talent, I see the passion and dedication that people have for their work. The culture that people in PowerAdvocate have built makes it a very special and fun place to work for. And finally, we use Scrum.  I love it and could never go back to Waterfall! 

 

Lira Park

Sales and Marketing Manager, Oil & Gas

Employee Since 2012

Why I chose PowerAdvocateI chose PowerAdvocate because I knew the work that I would be doing would have a direct impact on the success of the company and more importantly, our customers. In addition, I appreciated the agile culture and strategy of the company, allowing PowerAdvocate to truly be at the forefront of the energy, big data, and SaaS industries.  

College: Trinity College – Hartford, CT 

Courses of Study: B.S. Psychology 

Career path so far: Prior to PowerAdvocate, I worked as a student analyst on Eversource’s Procurement team. During my time at PowerAdvocate, I have been lucky enough to fill a variety of roles. I started off in the Spend Intelligence group as an analyst. I moved into Sales Operations where I enabled the sales organization to run more effectively, efficiently, and supported key business strategies and objectives. From Sales Ops, I moved into a customer success role for the Utility side of the business. In my current role, I engage with and deliver value to a number of PowerAdvocate’s Oil and Gas customers and drive future company growth.  

Favorite things about PA: The people. I have never met such motivated, intelligent, and hardworking individuals that have pushed me to be my best self. It also helps that everyone is incredibly fun and enjoyable to be around!   

Hobbies/activities outside of work: I’ve played rugby for ~10 years (much to my mom’s dismay)! I enjoy traveling, skiing, reading, indulging in food (especially brunch), and spending time with my family and friends.  

 

Luis Zabala

Customer Success Associate  

Employee Since 2017

Favorite things about PowerAdvocate: The people and culture! From my first day at PowerAdvocate, I was really impressed at how friendly and open the people are and it has really made for an overall fantastic experience here. 

College: Northeastern University, B.A. Economics 
 
Career Path So Far: I was offered the Customer Success position during my last semester at Northeastern and officially joined the company two weeks after graduation! I had previously completed two co-ops as a Supply Chain Analyst at Nortek, Inc.  
 
Why I Chose PowerAdvocate: There were a number of factors that led me to choose PowerAdvocate for my first job out of college. First, I was interested in working for a small, but growing company where I could make a bigger impact and develop closer relationships to my colleagues. PowerAdvocate is a relatively flat organization, which makes it easy to collaborate across teams and divisions. Secondly, I had always been interested in the Energy Industry and was intrigued by the possibility of joining a company that offered an e-Sourcing platform for the industry given my previous experience in Supply chain. Working for a provider of cost and market intelligence through a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model has been an invigorating experience that has combined my interests and skillset in data analytics, project management and customer service. 

Hobbies/activities outside of work: I love trying new restaurants and food in my neighborhood and around Boston, spending time with my friends and visiting my family back home in Rhode Island. I love hot weather, and, in the summer, I can be found lounging on the beach, working on my tan and enjoying the sun. 

 

Noelle Polce

Scrum Master

Employee Since 2016

Why I chose PowerAdvocate: I joined PowerAdvocate because it is made up of innovative, passionate, and driven people who are committed to delivering value to clients in the Energy industry.

College: Villanova University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering 

Career path so far: I started my career working for a large industrial gases and chemicals company, moving between roles as a project, process, and supply chain engineer.  When I first came to PowerAdvocate to be part of the Energy Consulting group, I worked on a joint procurement initiative for two Canadian utilities, a merger effort between US Utilities, and various Nuclear and Renewables procurement projects within the US.  In my most recent consulting project, I worked with an Energy company to implement Agile ideas within their supply chain organization.  I transitioned in early 2019 to a new role as a Scrum Master for our Spend, Energy Intelligence, and Software Development teams.  In this role, I coach teams and run trainings around Agile and Scrum values, roles, and events, with the intent to help them become high-performing teams. 

Favorite things about PowerAdvocate: We have a fun and motivating culture and a supportive atmosphere that has allowed me to explore different roles in the company.   

Hobbies/activities outside of work: I enjoy learning to cook new recipes, watching sports, attempting to master poses in yoga class, and playing and listening to music. 

 

Yomayra Martinez

Human Resources Manager

Employee Since 2013

Why I chose PA: I’m a big believer in the flat organization and it was very important for me to find a place where I can learn, collaborate and have the opportunity to make important contributions. PowerAdvocate did just that! I love coming to work every day knowing that I’m held accountable for my work and have a say in the company.

Career path so far: I started as a Northeastern University Co-op in 2011, then joined full-time after graduating in 2013. Previously I worked as an HR Co-op at Akamai Technologies and the Boston Consulting Group. 

Favorite things about PA: I would definitely have to say our people and culture. Our team consists of a diverse group of passionate individuals who are incredibly smart and passionate about what they do. The company has a one-of-a-kind culture that promotes team collaboration and a great learning environment. And on top of that, the company really tries to encourage employees to get to know each other better and have fun together by hosting cool activities and events throughout the year.   

Hobbies/activities outside of work: Continuously exploring the Boston area, discovering new restaurants, watching the Discovery ID channel and spending time with family and friends.