About Us

Our Story

Rancher Federal's mission is to deliver the latest in open source technology to the US Government, in a secure, validated way. We are employee owned and our team consists exclusively of US citizens, with a strong history of delivering solutions in both the public and private sector for organizations adopting cloud computing, containerization and DevSecOps.

Our founding team includes many early employees of Rancher Labs, where we were responsible for building Rancher products and implementing them in the commercial markets. As Rancher products have grown in popularity, we started Rancher Federal to ensure government clients had access to cleared support for all of these critical open source projects.

Today we have a strategic partnership with Rancher Labs to be the exclusive distributor of Rancher support services to the US government. Our team provides cleared support for these products, as well as independent, US-based validation of the open source code, and validation of external penetration tests conducted by US companies.


Shannon Williams

Shannon Williams is the CEO of Rancher Federal and a co-founder of Rancher Labs.

Tim Nicklas
VP Operations

Tim Nicklas leads the operations team at Rancher Federal, and is responsible for delivery of all our services.

Brandon Gulla
VP Engineering

Brandon Gulla leads the Rancher Federal engineering organization and product management.


Rancher Federal is currently hiring for senior technical roles on our engineering, support and services team. If you are a software or DevOps engineer interested in working with the US government, we'd love to talk with you about joining our team.

JOB TITLE:                Site Reliability Engineers - DevSecOps 
JOB LOCATION:       USA Based Remote, Denver/Colorado Springs, San Antonio and Washington DC Metro
QUALIFICATIONS:    A strong passion for agile and DevSecOps methodologies.  Experience building out enterprise solutions across the Kubernetes and CNCF ecosystem.   Experienced in developing, testing, and maintaining containerized applications.  Working knowledge of source version control, build/release tools and methodologies, and CI/CD pipelines.  US Citizenship is mandatory with the ability to obtain a Secret security clearance preferred.

JOB TITLE:               Kubernetes SME
JOB LOCATION:      USA Based RemoteDenver/Colorado Springs, San Antonio and Washington DC Metro
QUALIFICATIONS:   Kubernetes expert with a strong history of building and deploying in production at scale.  Knowledge of the DoD DevSecOps Reference Design preferred.  Core understanding of Kubernetes concepts (APIs, Architecture, Services, Networking, Security, Policies, Operators, etc), Istio and GitOps.  US Citizenship is mandatory with the ability to obtain a Secret security clearance preferred.

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