What We Do

Capitol Post is a non-profit whose mission is to serve as the platform for military veterans and spouses growing sustainable and scalable businesses or transitioning into new careers, and serves as the home to Bunker Labs DC, an accelerator for high-growth startups.

Meet Our Team



Executive Director, Capitol Post & Bunker Labs DC 

Emily McMahan is the Executive Director of Capitol Post and Bunker Labs DC. Prior to creating Capitol Post, Emily served as a partner and Chief Financial Officer at Halfaker and Associates, LLC; a successful start-up technology firm serving the federal government. As CFO, Emily was responsible for all company’s financial operations, including corporate accounting, financial strategy, and business planning.

After graduation from West Point, Emily was commissioned as a military police officer in the Army, and her military experience includes combat deployments supporting Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Noble Eagle. Emily holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  She’s an active member of the local community and has lived in Arlington for eight years with her husband and three young children.  She enjoys running, doing yoga, and changing diapers.


Director of Programs, Bunker Labs DC

Seda Goff joined Bunker Labs in January of 2017. Prior to that, through Seda’s company Lighthouse Global Business, she worked with Bunker Labs companies as a consultant teaching lean startup and helping start founders map out their business ecosystem.

Seda founded Lighthouse Global Business to guide international entrepreneurs and US-based start-ups looking to build or expand their businesses. She used her experiences gained at the Washington Redskins, Department of Veteran Affairs, National Restaurant Association, Edison Electric Institute and Ideaxis to help businesses with a variety of services. She assisted business operations, located product-market fit and messaging, but most importantly grew businesses.

Seda is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds an MBA from American University in Washington D.C. where she resides with her husband, daughter and little white dog named Toby.


Campus Manager, Capitol Post & The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

A recent transplant from sunny Arizona, Elizabeth Childers joined the Capitol Post team in November of 2016. Prior to serving as Campus Manager for Capitol Post’s Co-Working Space, Elizabeth successfully managed and grew membership for multiple pilates-based fitness studios in Tucson, Arizona. As her “side hustle”, Elizabeth was the founder of the home-based bakery, “The Bakerina”, specializing in European-style desserts.

Elizabeth attended Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania where she earned her BA in Dance. She performed as a soloist with Ballet Theatre of Ohio and served as a guest instructor. She went on to earn her MFA in Dance from the University of Arizona. In Arizona, Elizabeth was a professional company member with Tucson-based contemporary dance company, Artifact Dance Project, for two years before moving to Alexandria.

When she is not at Capitol Post, Elizabeth rehearses and performs with contemporary dance company, Gin Dance Company, based out of Falls Church. Elizabeth is also faculty at the BalletNova Center for Dance where she teaches adult Contemporary dance. She happily resides in Del Ray, Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, two pups, and her cat, Lulu



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