The iFish Group (IFG) is one of this year’s Sacramento Business Journal’s (SBJ) 2021 Best Places to Work. We are proud to […]
Frank Ono founded IFG in 2008 and is the company’s President and Chief Strategist. Throughout his career, Frank has led high-profile IT engagements with State of California and local government agencies and departments. He exemplifies IFG’s commitment to help make government digital services more efficient for departments and more effective for citizens.
Frank leads our Strategy and Consulting initiatives focused on developing transformation strategies and approaches for our clients – enabling them to bring together the principles, processes, people, and tools necessary to bring adaptive Lean-Agile mindsets and methodologies to their organization and projects.
For nine years, Frank and his wife have been foster parents, and their passion has been to provide hope to foster children and give them love, support, and stability during their stay. This passion is at the core of the IFG commitment statement, and Frank is driven to help support our public-sector partners to consistently deliver the highest value for the missions they serve.
Frank is a Project Management Institute Certified Project Management Professional, Scaled Agile SAFe 4 Certified Program Consultant, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional. He is also a devoted grandparent and avid competition bass fisherman (thus, the company name.)
Gretchen Williams joined IFG in 2018 as Managing Director responsible for promoting business development with California State and local government agencies. As an IFG Client Engagement Manager, she also works directly with executives, managers, and project teams to advance initiatives and achieve programmatic goals. Gretchen also leads a variety of Innovation initiatives, internal and external to IFG, which directly support evolution of business processes, governance structures, and improved programmatic outcomes.
Gretchen’s passion for civil service and the vulnerable populations served have been the primary driver in her advocacy roles and evolution through multiple executive positions within her 18 years of California State service. Gretchen’s extensive experience and understanding of government program and technical needs are furthering IFG’s commitment to help make government digital services more efficient for departments and more effective for citizens.
Prior to joining IFG, Gretchen served as Deputy Director of the Department of Technology’s Office of Professional Development. She also served with the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Office of Systems Integration, and the Health and Welfare Data Center. Through her enterprise strategies and IT policy development, State agency and department-level initiative management, enterprise governance, and project portfolio management, Gretchen has successfully positioned multiple organizations to achieve their defined strategic, programmatic, and technology goals. Gretchen is a Lean Six Sigma White Belt and Certified Prosci Change Management Practitioner. She also loves to spend time in the shop with her husband rehabbing vintage furniture and riding around the property on the tractor with her grandson.
Don Coffey joined IFG in 2019 as Managing Director responsible for technical leadership and management of key IFG projects. Don’s 30 years of IT experience includes leading, managing, architecting, securing, and delivering both cloud-enabled and traditional enterprise information system implementations. He has successfully delivered next-generation technical solutions that helped to drive improvements to revenues, margins, and workplace productivity.
Don’s extensive government and integrated eligibility systems experience includes providing leadership to international governing bodies, federal and state agencies, foreign countries, and private entities – enabling millions of users and recipients of public, private, and global products and services.
He holds Certified Information Systems Security Professional, ITIL v3 Foundation, and COBIT V5 certifications. Don definitely sees the big picture, having been a skydiving instructor with well over 400 jumps to his credit.
Mo Hussein joined IFG in 2021 as Managing Director responsible for developing solutions and managing key IFG projects.
Mo’s 20 years of engineering experience includes leading and managing solution architecture efforts, managing large-scale programs, strategy execution, and business process engineering. He has successfully delivered solutions that helped in organizational transformation, information systems modernization, and portfolio management.
Mo’s extensive government experience includes providing leadership to international governing bodies, state agencies, foreign countries, and private entities – enabling large-scale, multi-year, multi-billion-dollar programs to be successfully executed.
Mo is Project Management Institute (PMI) certified in Project, Program, and Risk Management (PMP, PgMP and PMI-RMP). He was also one of the first 60 Organizational Project Maturity (OPM3) certified consultants in the world.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s degree in Project Management from the George Washington University. Mo is currently in progress with his PhD in Systems Engineering (Information Systems) from Colorado State University.
Mo and his wife are dedicated to family and health and fitness. They are working on a project to develop a system that aims at putting food-as-medicine into every hand.
Dawn Lewis joined IFG in 2016 and is the IFG Director of Capture and Marketing responsible for capture management and marketing teams including brand strategy and management, procurement response development, and post-award contract transitions. Her extensive experience with procurement strategies, analysis, communication, compliance, and client education allow IFG to effectively compete in the marketplace.
Dawn also manages strategic partnerships for IFG’s Technology Solutions division, partnered with industry-leading manufacturers to help clients procure known and trusted technology solutions and products through IFG’s California Software Licensing Program and other state and local government contracts.
Her 25 years of diverse experience in strategic technology marketing, business development, and proposal and contract management includes 14 years leading proposal management efforts for large, multi-year, state and local government procurements, yielding multiple contract awards of up to $100 million. Dawn has her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Miami University and is a Six Sigma Green Belt. She is also a devoted mother to two amazing young women and enjoys fine wines.
Michael Shirk joined IFG in 2017 as IFG Managing Director leading the IFG Professional Resource Management division. He partners with and guides his clients on project resource planning strategies to maintain the highest level of quality without compromising on recruiting standards or delivery. Michael’s dynamic relationship-based approach and extensive referral network combined with his in-depth ability to understand both client and project requirements has yielded many successful, long-term client partnerships and loyal, top-quality talent placements.
Michael’s over 20 years of talent acquisition, resource placement, business development, and management experience include project resource management, succession planning, performance management, and national placement of IT professionals for large public sector and commercial projects.
His government program expertise includes extensive understanding of and talent placement for many of the most visible state projects in California and nationwide. Michael is dedicated to family and health/fitness and coaching high school baseball. He is also an active member in his church.