About Us > SBA 8(a) certified small business, providing niche cybersecurity, cloud and management consulting services

Who We Are

At Zen Strategics, our mission is to help government agencies evolve in their business acumen thereby translating to efficient performance. We are a minority owned SBA 8(a) certified, management consulting firm that offers a unique, innovative and analytical approach to the crucial & current challenges faced by federal and commercial enterprises in the realm of cyber security, cloud & big data analytics. Our approach is based on intuitive solutions gathered from multiple years of engagement with various federal agencies and fortune 500 companies and adapts to each client's unique mission and requirements to ensure sustainable and ingenious solutions.

We treat cyber security as a solution stack being built and managed for best ROI and thereby taking a holistic approach to protecting your network. By integrating state-of-the-art solutions into existing security infrastructures, we are able to quantify, visually represent, and reduce cyber risk.

Our Story

As our name suggests, our consulting experience is built on enlightenment attained in the art of strategy, by being intimately involved in the growth of government companies in the realm of cyber security. In working with federal executive branch agencies, Zen Strategics has created IT strategies using today's emerging technology that are now standard operating requirements. The Zen Concept of Leadership embraces a blend of strategic planning and implementation. In Zen Practice, leadership is a blend of courage, clarity & humanity. Zen Strategics embraces 3 core values:

  • The leadership of business growth is a combination of innovation, understanding & motivation (Courage)
  • The idea that a plan has a clear and understandable goals (Clarity)
  • The goals respect the potentials of a productive business ecology (Humanity)

Leadership Team

Venu Ayala Venu Ayala, Founder & President

Venu Ayala is an experienced management executive, recognized for his contributions while bringing over 20 years of experience in the cyber, cloud, telecom, aerospace and federal strategic consulting. He enjoys advising clients on issues ranging from IT systems cyber compliance & automation, business process optimization, change management, internal controls and various risk assessments and cybersecurity design projects. Mr. Ayala has architected and managed the information systems/product design and development for several commercial, federal and state agencies, and serves as a trusted advisor to senior executives in the federal government and commercial enterprises. Key responsibilities include creating and enhancing product/service lines and developing cyber/cloud strategies that build brand equity, reduce risk, and promote a strong compliant corporate image. Overall, an enthusiastic, innovative, and decisive leader, he manages strategic and tactical operations by building innovative and transformational analytic solutions that address emerging management, technology and operational issues. Venu’s academic pedigree includes an MBA from Cornell University (2006), a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University (1998) and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering(1996) from India.

Steve Boddy Ryan Bloomfield, Portfolio Manager

Ryan Bloomfield has over 14 years of experience advising executives in both the public and private sectors. Ryan is a Portfolio Manager at Zen Strategics specializing in knowledge, information, data, and records management; cybersecurity; IT strategy, modernization, and operations; information governance; change management; cloud technologies; data loss prevention; litigation holds; and web collaboration & governance platforms (Microsoft Office 365 applications; Microsoft SharePoint Online/2013/2010; Google Suite; and Drupal). Ryan leads a team that drafts policy, engages with stakeholders, advises as subject matter experts, provides help desk support and develops & conducts training for successful management of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Records Management programs. Ryan excels at developing and maintaining milestones, roadmaps, schedules, and timelines; establishing Work Breakdown Structures (WBS); coordinating meeting with stakeholders; developing status/progress reports; identifying, tracking and mitigating risks and issues. Ryan's academic background includes a MBA and a Master's in Cybersecurity from University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Art's in Government and International Politics.

Steve Boddy Tammy Strickler, Principal

Tammy leads the Zen Records Information Management offering and brings more than 37 years of experience in Federal Records Management, specializing in evaluating electronic systems and repositories for proper management of records and information. Tammy has been at the forefront of this discipline, and even attained one of the first designations as a Certified Records Manager, Federal Specialist in the nation and has been a strong voice in implementing Federal guidance as the government moves towards full compliance with M-19-21 to shape the future of a paperless records and information management environment. She is an expert in providing IT system developers guidance for methods and standards to meet these requirements, and shifting from paper to electronic processes. Tammy’s experience encompasses work in the intelligence community and federal law enforcement arenas ensuring records guidance will not only fully meet their business needs but ensure the records can be preserved through upgrades and system changes, remaining fully authentic and retrievable.

Advisory Board

Joseph Lynem Joseph Lynem, Senior Consultant/Advisor

Joseph is senior consultant/advisor at Zen Strategics. He comes with great demonstrated extensive history of working in the government administration industry. He is an accomplished Senior Program Manager with a Strong professional skills in Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), Data Privacy, Program Management, Privacy Law, and Competitive Sourcing. For 22 years he has worked with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a Senior Program Manager; his duties included the Privacy Principles, Practices and Techniques are accounted for in any system, application, or business program/process development from a lifecycle perspective- end to end. He also served as Senior Program Manager for the IRS Controlled Unclassified Information ( CUI) Program responsible for briefing Senior Executives on a weekly basis on the status of the IRS CUI Program. His responsibilities include developing the IRS CUI Program Roadmap, Program Plan, Communications Plan, and Managing a CUI Staff of 10 Personnel plus a Contractor. He has also worked with Department of Treasury, Office of Privacy Transparency and Record management as a Senior Privacy Specialist. He has attended Auburn University and has obtained Graduate Degree in Counseling-Collage Student Development and Leadership and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from United States Military Academy at West Point.

Steve Boddy Steve Boddy, Principal

An ambitious thought leader with a tech-savvy approach towards collaborative innovation. Lead best of the breed technologists at tip of the spear on high value mission-critical programs. Design products and processes that safeguard mission-essential information. Results-driven Program Manager actualizing strategies to identify cadence and synchronization requirements to create complex software products. Combine strong team leadership, consensus building and talent development to create agile teams that transform business objectives into effective solutions using Scrum, Kanban, Lean and the Scaled Agile Framework. More than three decades of Cyber Risk Manager experience in increasingly challenging information technology, management, and administrative positions. Exceptionally talented at leading cooperative efforts for creating solutions to overcome IT issues with cross-integration of system implementation, information security, and technical management in agile DevOps environments.

Gray Monetti Gary Monetti

Gary is an experienced, self-motivated executive who has worked in the information and communications technology sectors for the past 35 years. He has held senior and executive management and systems engineering level positions leading large and small teams working for IT and Telecom equipment providers and systems integrators. He is a motivating and inspirational business leader who maximizes team performance.

He has conducted business globally in over 24 countries on 5 continents developing a deep respect and understanding for other cultures and their business practices. He has developed successful indirect channel strategies across U.S. Federal, Enterprise and Service Provider markets worldwide. He was part of a team responsible for the first transfer of technology between the US Government and the Peoples Republic of China.

Gary enjoys evangelizing new disruptive technologies which stems from his background working at Bell Laboratories for 10 years. His clients have consisted of commercial Service Providers, Enterprise, Systems Integrators and US Federal Government agencies.

Core Capabilities

  • Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Governance, Implementation & Assessments
  • Cyber Security - Strategy & Operations
  • Cloud – Fed RAMP & IV&V
  • Mobility & Big Data
  • Program Management
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Market & Competitive Analysis
  • Systems Engineering
  • Business Operations
  • Wireless & Telecom
    (Public Safety/Interoperability)
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Mergers & Acquisitions(Advisory, Due Diligence & Support)