WELCOME TO NYLA

Team Nyla is full of friendly, smart people passionate about solving hard problems for the betterment of our world. How can we help you today?

OUR STORY

It all started with a dream. Our founder, Shana Cosgrove, came out of college with her computer science degree, ready to take on the world and work her way up to one day becoming a vice president!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

At the time, Shana didn’t know that people started businesses. But she started at a small government contractor in Alexandria, VA working on control panels of the SH-60 helicopter for NAVAIR and she was hooked. She found her purpose – building software systems for the United States Department of Defense.

For Shana it didn’t matter what the exact mission or tech stack was – as long as it was meant to make our world a better place, she was there for it. Her obsession became ensuring that what was built in the lab actually worked well in operations, especially in tactical environments where timely and accurate responses can be a matter of life or death.

Then, somewhere along the way, Shana, the engineer, learned that it was people who start a business and once she realized this, Shana knew this is exactly what she must do. This was her calling – to create a small business that serves in true partnership with the government – creating higher quality tech that works when it really matters, and a company that understands engineering is really about the people, each unique individual and each unique team collectively working together to solve a massively hard problem with a sense of urgency and purpose that only real mission can provide.

So after coming up to work at Fort Meade, Maryland on a very large SIGINT system (2010) and now married to Brian (2011) with a baby in her arms (2012), Shana founded Nyla Technology Solutions, Inc. in 2013. Nyla was headquartered in their row home in Baltimore City, Maryland. Shana worked as an engineer in the company during the day and worked on building the business in the early mornings and late night, all while being a new mom and wife too.
 
Soon after kissmet happened and Shana met Amanda O’Donohue, a brand new mom herself who wanted to switch from being a chemist to something else and Amanda decided to try working part time at Nyla supporting recruiting and business development and anything else Shana threw her way. Well, it worked out well and Amanda is now Nyla’s Chief Operating Officer and part owner too.
 
Along the way, the company continued to grow with more fabulous team members joining along the way, including Shana’s husband who left 21 years of government service to join Nyla full time, working as an egineer on contract and
 

Nyla wants to ensure that high-tech is inclusive, ethical, and transparent, and tech can help us save lives.

OUR TIMELINE
March 20, 2013

Nyla established in the state of Maryland

March 2014

Our CEO, Shana Cosgrove, starts working on contract under Nyla,  as the first full-time employee

May 2015

Received Top Secret facilities clearance

July 2016

Awarded first prime contract – Enterprise Solutions Product Management

March 2017

Nyla briefs the Director of DISA on Innovation

January 2018

Awarded first competitive prime contract: NIGHTWRITER

June 2019

Awarded Maryland Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

October 2019

Stephanie Beben joins Nyla as Chief
Data Scientist (CDS)

December 2019

Awarded Baltimore Sun’s Top Workplaces

May 2020

Receive 8(a) certification

January 2021

Work begins at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC)

January 2022

Continued growth in the DoD

Where We are Headed

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

With that wonderful quote from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in mind, we share Nyla’s Roadmap that details our plans and focus over the next several years. 

Nyla Executive Team

Shana Cosgrove
Shana Cosgrove

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Brian Cosgrove
Brian Cosgrove

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Amanda O’Donohue
Amanda O’Donohue

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Stephanie Beben
Stephanie Beben

CHIEF DATA SCIENTIST

NYLA FRONT OFFICe TEAM

Who ya gonna call?! Team Nyla! Below are just a few of the faces of the dream team that helps keep everything going smoothly every day. If you need something, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are happy to help!

Rayna Wendkos
Rayna Wendkos
Operations Manager
Diana Coyle
Diana Coyle
Cyber & IT Specialist
Amy Walker
Amy Walker
Security Officer
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

We are honored to be recognized for our work within our community.

Baltimore Business Journal Tech 10 Honoree 2019
Woman Owned Small Business of The Year 2019
Baltimore Sun Top Workplaces 2019
Inc. Fastest Growing Private Companies in America 2019
ICIC 100 Fastest-Growing Inner City Businesses 2020
The Daily Record’s Leading Women 2019
Financial Times: The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2020
HUBZone Small Business of the Year Urban America
Inc. 5000 Series 2020 DC Metro Region
Inc. Fastest Growing Private Companies in America 2020
Nyla

BEHIND THE NAME

Making Mom Proud

Nyla derives its name from the first name of our founder’s mother. Our founder chose to use Nyla’s name not only for its distinctive qualities but also to honor her mother’s legacy. Nyla, the woman, was bold, smart, fun, and compassionate. She forever gave her very best and expected the best from those around her. Nyla Technology Solutions was built and will operate under the guidance of those values and ethos.

BEHIND THE NAME

Making Mom Proud

Nyla derives its name from the first name of our founder’s mother. Our founder chose to use Nyla’s name not only for its distinctive qualities but also to honor her mother’s legacy. Nyla, the woman, was bold, smart, fun, and compassionate. She forever gave her very best and expected the best from those around her. Nyla Technology Solutions was built and will operate under the guidance of those values and ethos.