2020 Featured Speakers

Gene Dodaro
Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
As Comptroller General, Mr. Dodaro helps oversee the development and issuance of hundreds of reports and testimonies each year to various committees and individual Members of Congress. Mr. Dodaro has testified before Congress dozens of times on important national issues, including the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government’s long term fiscal outlook, efforts to reduce and eliminate overlap and duplication across the federal government and GAO's "High Risk List" that focuses on specific challenges—from reducing improper payments under Medicare and Medicaid to improving the Pentagon's business practices. In addition, Mr. Dodaro continues to develop GAO’s efforts to meet the needs of Congress in such areas as science, technology and cybersecurity. Read more. 
Mark Warner
U.S. Senator (D-VA)
Senator Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Vice Chairman. During his time in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. Senator Warner has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for our military men and women and veterans, and in working to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address our country's debt and deficit. Read more. 
Anita Antenucci
Senior Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey
Ms. Antenucci has two decades of investment banking experience, including M&A, financing, and valuation. She has worked on the buyside and sellside for a wide array of Fortune 500 and international companies, small-caps, entrepreneurs, and private equity owners. Her clients have included most of the world’s leading aerospace and defense contractors. Recent notable transactions include divestitures for General Dynamics, Harris, Lockheed Martin, and TransDigm and engagements for Veritas Capital, J.F. Lehman, Greenbriar Equity Group, and The Carlyle Group, as well as many founder-owned companies across the aerospace and defense sectors. Read more. 
  Pierre Chao
Founding Partner, Renaissance Strategic Advisors
Pierre Chao, Founding Partner, brings over three decades of management consulting, investment banking and policy expertise in the aerospace/defense industry. Throughout his career he has been a trusted advisor to senior corporate, government and financial decision makers on key strategic issues - from major investments to mergers and acquisitions to strategic and policy choices. As well as being a Managing Partner and co-founder of Renaissance Strategic Advisors, he is also a co-founder and Operating Partner of Enlightenment Capital and a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Read more
Julie Dunne
Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA
Julie Dunne oversees the delivery of the more than $65 billion of products, services, and solutions that enable federal agencies to efficiently accomplish their missions while saving taxpayer dollars. Under her leadership, FAS will continue implementing previously announced plans for consolidating the 24 separate Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) into a single Schedule. Read more.
  Frank Finelli
Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Francis A. Finelli is a Managing Director focused on U.S. investment opportunities in the aerospace, defense, services, and security technology sectors. He has led teams on several acquisitions and financial restructurings, including one of the first U.S. purchases of a continental European defense company. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Finelli served as the legislative assistant responsible for defense, intelligence, and foreign affairs for Senator Dan Coats (R-IN), Chairman of the Airland Subcommittee and Senate Armed Services Committee, and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Mr. Finelli reviewed defense procurement and research and development programs. He also developed legislation, presented speeches and published articles associated with defense transformation and joint experimentation. Read more. 
Melissa Starinsky
Director and Head of the Contracting Activity for the Office of Acquisition & Grants Management
Melissa Starinsky is the Director and Head of the Contracting Activity for the Office of Acquisition & Grants Management within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She is responsible for overseeing the execution of more than $9 billion annually in discretionary contract, grant, and interagency spend. She began her career as an acquisition intern in 1989 with the U.S. Department of the Navy and has since held various acquisition, policy, and programmatic leadership positions with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. General Services Administration, and the private sector. Read more.
  Bruce Stephenson
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Leidos

Bruce Stephenson is Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy at Leidos.  He was the former Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer for Maxar Technologies, a space systems and services company. He was also previously a Partner with Bain & Company, focused on the Utilities & Alternative energy and Aerospace sectors, where he worked with clients to develop corporate and business unit strategies, improve operational performance, and engage in mergers and acquisitions. 
  Tom Temin
Anchor, The Federal Drive
Tom Temin has been the host of the Federal Drive since 2006 and has been reporting on technology markets for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Federal News Network, Tom was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines. Tom also contributes a regular column on government information technology. Read more.
Ralph White
Managing Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, GAO's Office of the General Counsel
Ralph White helps oversee GAO’s resolution of bid protests, and participates in the issuance of bid protest legal decisions. Ralph joined GAO in October 1989. In his time at GAO, he has served exclusively in the Office of General Counsel and has mostly been involved in the issuance of bid protest decisions. Prior to joining GAO, Ralph spent more than 4 years in a Washington, D.C. law firm, and nearly 6 years working as a Senate committee staffer, including staff work on the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984. Read more.