Leadership Team

Karen Carver
Karen Carver, PhD              CEO / Chief Data Scientist

Dr. Carver is a statistical consultant and data architect with over 25 years of experience supporting government and commercial clients with statistical requirements on high-performance, mission-critical systems.  Beyond being a ninja statistician, Karen is an avid mentor and coach to her team.  She has deep experience leading research and development teams, and is published in top-rated professional journals. Dr. Carver believes it is possible to tackle the continuing threats to cyber security, financial systems, transportation networks, and more with a committed team who enjoys the challenge.

Kathryn Taylor
David Tripp                         Member Board of Directors 

David G. Tripp is a business attorney with law offices located in Fairfax, Virginia.  His practice focusses primarily on business law, commercial transactions, commercial litigation, and federal investigations. 


Following his graduation from George Washington University Law School, Mr. Tripp served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and as a federal prosecutor in the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. After leaving government service, he entered private practice. Mr. Tripp is licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.   


Mr. Tripp has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court as well as numerous other state and federal courts.  He is a frequent speaker on various legal topics involving business law and commercial litigation. He currently serves as a board member for the YMCA of Fairfax County, Virginia. Mr. Tripp brings to Ninja Analytics over 30 years’ experience representing both small business and Fortune 500 companies in virtually all aspects of business law, dispute mediation, and commercial litigation.

Michael Smart
Michael Smart, MBA, PMP, PMI-RMP  Member, Board of Directors

Michael Smart has progressive work experience in project, risk, and business management in a variety of industries including non-profit and government contracting.  He is experienced providing project budgeting, financial forecasting, and risk management expertise to an array of government contracts.

He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business at Mount St. Mary's University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Frostburg State University. He is both Project Management Professional (PMP) and Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) certified though the Project Management Institute.