Leadership Team


Maury Blackman

President and CEO

Maury Blackman

Maury serves as President and CEO of Premise. He has over 20 years of experience leading mission driven, high growth technology companies.

Prior to Premise, Maury served as President and CEO of Accela, a global government technology company. Under his leadership Accela raised over $300M in financing, achieved triple digit valuation growth, and grew the company’s account base from 300 to 2500+ governments around the world.

In 2016, Ernst & Young named Maury 'Northern California’s Entrepreneur of the Year' – becoming the first civic tech entrepreneur to win the award. In 2015 he was recognized by Government Technology magazine as one of its “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers”.

Maury holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Houston and was a commissioned field artillery officer in the United States Army. He is an eleven-time Ironman triathlon finisher and lives in San Francisco, California.


Ted Pardee

Chief Revenue Officer

Ted Pardee

Ted oversees global sales and marketing efforts at Premise. With over 20 years of leadership and management success he has served in senior management positions at cloud solutions, IT Services, Managed Services, SaaS/ASP and traditional software deployment companies.

Prior to joining Premise, Ted was a member of Accela’s senior management team, contributing to its tremendous growth over a 5 year period in which revenue grew from $60M to over $160M and during which the company received over $200M in private equity investment.

Ted is an alum of the University of Houston where he is a seasonal color commentator providing expert analysis of collegiate football games during seasonal radio and television broadcasts.


David Bischof

SVP Operations

David Bischof

David Bischof is Senior Vice President of Operations. David has been in IT for nearly 20 years, managing teams that focus on innovation, customer success, and delivering great products.

Prior to joining Premise David served as Director of Solutions Engineering and Architecture of Accela, a global government technology company.  He also built the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for Accela, helping to grow from a team of 2 to 35 while working on innovative solutions that pushed technology in the government sector including work with Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

David also has an extensive background in the financial tech industry working for large financial institutions in the US.  He holds a B.S. in business administration from John Carroll University. David is an avid powerlifter (and a geek at heart!).


Colleen Gallagher

SVP Finance

Colleen Gallagher

Colleen leads the finance organization at Premise, exceling in delivering revenue growth and empowering others to succeed. Colleen has almost 20 years of experience in financial strategy, operations, accounting, and acquisitions and has an eye for identifying opportunities for game-changing innovation. As a leader, she has hired, developed, and retained high-performing teams that built robust controls and processes to support rapid scalability.

Previously, Colleen was the VP and Head of Finance at BetterUp, a VC backed high-growth SaaS startup.  There she partnered with the executive team to scale the business and raise $100M+ Series C from top-tier VCs and financial institutions. Prior to that, Colleen served as Vice President of Finance at Proquest where she contributed to the rapid growth of its eBooks Division and led the organization through complex reorganizations and acquisitions. Prior to Proquest, Colleen was a Managing Director at FTI Consulting where she advised private equity, strategic buyers, and financial institutions on mergers and acquisitions ranging from $10M to $1B+.  As a volunteer, she’s provided tax preparation assistance to low-income families and assistance to the teenage homeless population in San Francisco.

Colleen holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Board of Directors


Chairman and Co-founder, Premise


President and CEO, Premise


Founder and Managing Director, NightDragon


Founder, CEO and CIO, Valor Equity Partners


Partner, 8VC


Partner, Valor Equity Partners


President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University

Managing Partner/Founder, WestCap


Vista Credit Parters


Raj Shah

President of the Rockefeller Foundation and
Former Administrator of USAID

Dr. Raj Shah served as head of USAID from 2010 until 2015, leading a 10,000 person, $22 billion annual budget, and reporting directly to President Obama. Prior to joining USAID, he spent eight years working for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on global health and infrastructure initiatives.

Hal Varian

Chief Economist, Google
Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

Hal R. Varian is the chief economist at Google. He has been involved in many aspects of the company since 2002, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy.