Meet the PolicyEngage Team

Founding Story

Steven Marciniak

Founder & CEO

Originally from the Chicago area, Founder and CEO Steven Marciniak graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Management-Entrepreneurship. Shortly after graduation, he was introduced to a lobbyist at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce who was searching for a better way to track legislation. Steven instantly recognized not only the business potential but the significance of government transparency and involvement and founded PolicyEngage (formerly TrackBill). The following year was an uphill battle for the founder—struggling on food stamps, sleeping on a friend’s couch, and selling his plasma to get the company off the ground.

In February 2013, PolicyEngage was accepted as one of five startups (out of 120) into the Capital Innovators accelerator program in Saint Louis, MO. After successfully completing the three-month curriculum, PolicyEngage caught the attention of Arch Grants, also located in Saint Louis, and became one of 20 companies (out of 707) to receive a grant from the startup competition. Grateful for the support of the city, PolicyEngage established Saint Louis as its headquarters in May 2013.

Following its move to Saint Louis, PolicyEngage raised $2.6 million from two venture capital firms, Cultivation Capital in Saint Louis and Serra Ventures in Champaign, IL. Since then, the company has expanded its operations with an office in Washington, DC.

In his spare time, Steven enjoys hiking, reading about space and physics, and researching Ancient Egyptian history.

Sales and Marketing

Andy Valenti

Director of Sales

Andy joined PolicyEngage's DC office in 2021, bringing a decade of experience in business development, sales management, and government affairs at companies including Bloomberg, Tracx, and TrackMaven. Andy studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Once he ditches his tie, Andy sings and plays guitar in a touring indie rock band.

Chris Tosto

Client Success

Prior to joining PolicyEngage in 2019, Chris—known by many as "CJ"—spent 15 years with another leading public affairs company, starting as policy analyst and advancing to director of client services. He later was co-founder and president of LobbyLinx, a 50-state search engine that connected lobbyists with clients. Chris, who attended George Mason University, is a native New Englander and avid Red Sox fan. He lives with his fiancee in New Hampshire.

Andrew Marciniak

Sales Operations

Andy is a recent transplant to the Boston-area office from our headquarters in St. Louis. Born and raised outside Chicago, Andy is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having started as an intern at PolicyEngage in 2015, Andy now heads the company's Sales Operations and Accounts Receivable departments. His cross-country move to Boston was for his long-distance girlfriend, whom he met at his first business conference for PolicyEngage. Yes, he's the younger brother of Founder & CEO Steven Marciniak.

Software Engineering

Ray McCord

CTO

Ray took over as CTO in early 2017, bringing 25 years of technical skills, design talent, and business instincts to PolicyEngage. Ray previously founded Raging Design in 2003 while pursuing his degree from Robert Morris University. Ray's work has been used in the education, military, medical, and communications fields. His advocacy and contributions helped establish several norms and standards seen today in web technologies, programming languages, software distributions, and open source. Ray has been married for 20 years and has five children.

Cody Selkirk

Senior Software Engineer

Cody is a recent addition to the PolicyEngage team and brings with him 10 years of software engineering experience. When he’s not at the office, he’s pursuing his Master’s Degree in Business and Information Technology Management from Western Governors University. Cody resides in Texas with his wife and two dogs, Gimli and Arwen.