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2021 Annual Conference Speakers
Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Jason Miller is the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget where he serves as the Federal Government’s chief operating officer. In this role, he coordinates government-wide management initiatives to protect, strengthen, and empower the Federal workforce, and ensure a more equitable, effective, and accountable Federal Government that delivers results for all Americans. Toward these goals, Mr. Miller leads the development and implementation of the President’s Management Agenda as Chair of the President’s Management Council.
Vice Admiral Ross Myers
ommander, Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, TENTH Fleet
Vice Adm. Ross Myers assumed command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, U.S. 10th Fleet in September 2020.
Myers, a career carrier naval aviator, has commanded at all levels of naval aviation including squadron, fleet replacement squadron, air wing, and carrier strike group and while a west coast Sailor has been stationed twice with Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Atsugi, Japan, including as commander, Carrier Air Wing FIVE. He has flown over 4,600 hours in more than 17 different types of aircraft and over 1,000 arrested landings on 15 different aircraft carriers. Shore and staff tours include: flag aide for Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe in Naples, Italy, and Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe in London, England; joint assessments analyst and executive assistant for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (resources, warfare requirements, and assessments) N81; deputy executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. Joint assignments include: assistant deputy director for Global Operations, Joint Staff (J39); executive assistant to Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. As a flag officer, Myers served as vice deputy director for Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations, Joint Staff (J33); director of Plans and Policy (J5) at Headquarters, U.S. Cyber Command; chief of staff at Headquarters, U.S. Cyber Command; deputy commander at Headquarters, U.S. Cyber Command.
Associate Administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget
Mathew Blum is the Associate Administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget, in Washington, D.C. He manages the development of legislation, regulations, and policies to promote efficient, effective, and innovative acquisition practices. Mr. Blum is a contributing author to a variety of government contract publications, including articles that have appeared in the Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation, Contract Management, The Government Contractor, The Procurement Lawyer, and the Administrative Law Journal of the American University.
DDS Digital Service Expert
Jeff Clark is in his fourth year as a Digital Service Expert with Defense Digital Service. As a Product Manager, Jeff leads projects that help transform some legacy applications to modern cloud based systems for USTRANSCOM’s Personal Property Directorate and United States Marine Corps key logistics system. He was also selected as a Chief Technology Officer for an Air Force-led project to modernize and accelerate imaging equipment used to support an international treaty. He has led DDS’s Discovery Sprint processes for Air Mobility Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency to analyze their planned digital transformation projects. Jeff is a champion for modernizing the Authorization to Operate (ATO) process for the Department of Defense. He speaks often on improving development processes to embed modern security practices in the development cycle rather than relying on the current compliance process which is lengthy and complex. Prior to joining DDS, Jeff was a product manager in the live event entertainment industry supporting digital transformation to modern cloud based systems.
Director of the Performance Accountability Council’s Program Management Office (PAC PMO)
Matt Eanes serves as the Director of the Performance Accountability Council’s Program Management Office (PAC PMO). The PAC is the interagency forum responsible for improving how the Government determines trustworthiness among its workforce—including civilian, military, and contractor personnel—to hold a particular position, gain access to government IT systems / physical spaces, or receive a security clearance. Collectively, this is known as the “personnel vetting” mission space. Matt’s office supports the PAC’s leadership by coordinating personnel vetting reforms across the Executive Branch. This includes assistance with implementing the Trusted Workforce 2.0 initiative, a series of reforms that are dramatically modernizing the mission space. Prior to joining the PAC PMO, Matt worked as a consultant on range of government and private sector issues. He earned a master’s degree in systems engineering from Virginia Tech.
Senior Advisor for Management, Office of Management and Budget
Cristin Dorgelo is the Senior Advisor for Management at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. In this role, Cristin coordinates various government-wide management initiatives toward a more effective, equitable, and accountable Federal Government that delivers results for all Americans. Cristin Dorgelo was Team Lead for the Office of Science and Technology Policy Agency Review Team for the Biden-Harris Transition. She recently served as the President and CEO of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, working with science and technology centers and museums worldwide to advance a vision of increased understanding of—engagement with—science among all people. Cristin was Chief of Staff at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from 2014-2017, facilitating policy development across a broad range of science and technology issues, and she served as Assistant Director for Grand Challenges at OSTP from 2012-2014, leading cross-sector efforts to address grand challenges and increasing the Federal use of incentive prizes on Challenge.gov.
Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer, DHS
Roland Edwards provides authoritative advice and guidance to all Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Components on the full range of human resources (HR) functional areas. His primary focus areas include Human Resources Management and Services (provides HR services to Headquarters organizations), diversity and inclusion, internal operations, privacy and engagement initiatives within the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO). Mr. Edwards was previously the Deputy Director, Human Resources Management and Services (HRMS) for DHS Headquarters in OCHCO. Mr. Edwards had direct oversight of the Executive Services team, Business Analytics team and the Learning and Development Institute. As the Deputy Director, he also assisted the Executive Director in providing oversight of all of the HR functional areas and overall management of HRMS.
Acting Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget
Lesley Anne Field is the Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President, and is currently serving as Acting Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy. Her office is responsible for developing and implementing government wide policies to support over $650 billion in federal contracting each year. Prior to joining OMB, Lesley served as a contracting officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Senior Director, SaaS & PaaS Solutions - Digital Transformation Center, Department of Veterans Affairs
Seasoned Solutions Director with a demonstrated history of transforming mission delivery through successful technology modernization. Skilled in Organizational Change, Continuous Process & Product Improvement, Leadership, and the Practical Implementation of SaaS, PaaS and Emerging Cloud Technologies.
Digital Services Expert – Acquisition Strategist, United States Digital Service (USDS)
Jason Kattman has over 20 years of federal procurement and private sector consulting experience. He serves as a Digital Services Expert at the US Digital Service. His passion is innovating agile digital services within government and finding better ways to procure IT through collaboration across government and industry.
Senior Procurement Executive, Office of Acquisition Policy, GSA
Jeffrey A. Koses is recognized as an innovative leader in the field of acquisition. As Senior Procurement Executive for the General Services Administration, Jeff has three priorities: 1) strengthen the acquisition workforce, 2) smart and effective buying and 3) healthy and productive industry relationships. Jeff and his team are currently developing the tools and strategies to advance these priorities. He also serves as a voting member of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council where he is a champion for acquisition reform. Jeff also serves as the Chairperson of the U.S. AbilityOne Commission, the largest single source of employment, in the United States, for people who are blind or have significant disabilities. In his AbilityOne role, besides acting as champion for the program he emphasizes effective stewardship, prioritizing job growth, and engaging the Commissioners in the strategic direction of the program.
William K. Lietzau
Director, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA)
William K. Lietzau is the Director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA). In this capacity, Mr. Lietzau leads both the personnel vetting and critical technology protection missions under DCSA and manages approximately 12,000 federal and contract support personnel worldwide. Additionally, Mr. Lietzau directs the development of an end-to-end national-level Information Technology infrastructure designed to support the personnel vetting enterprise. Prior to his current role, Mr. Lietzau served as the Director of the Personnel Vetting Transformation Office where he managed the transfer of the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to the nascent Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA), and initiated and led associated transformational efforts.
Vice President, Government Relations, American Staffing Association
Toby Malara is Vice President of Government Affairs for the American Staffing Association. In his role, Malara directs ASA’s government relations, lobbying, and political activities, including the operations of the associations’ political action committee, StaffingPAC. He also advises members on immigration/I-9, paid sick leave, sales tax, and per diem issues. Malara graduated from Georgetown University and earned a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University
DHS, Chief Security Officer
Reporting to the Under Secretary for Management, Richard McComb was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and position of Chief Security Officer (CSO) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security effective April 3, 2016. In his role as CSO, Mr. McComb is responsible for security-related programs affecting the more than 240,000 DHS employees that make up the Department. Designated as the Senior Agency Official by the DHS Secretary, Mr. McComb has oversight authorities over all DHS security programs, including those undertaken at all DHS Components. He exercises department-wide security program authorities in the areas of personnel security, physical security, investigations, administrative security, insider threats, identity management, special access programs, and security training and awareness. As Chair of the CSO Council, Mr. McComb partners with all his counterparts in the DHS Components to lead a highly collaborative and uniquely decentralized security program designed to safeguard the Department’s people, property, and information.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee
Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York, now in his thirteenth term, has devoted his energy and skill to serving one of the most diverse constituencies in the nation. Congressman Meeks is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the first black Member of Congress to serve as Chair of that committee. Congressman Meeks has decades of experience in foreign policy and as chairman has oversight and legislative jurisdiction over issues that include: foreign assistance (including development and security assistance); foreign policy and international organizations; export controls and Foreign Military Sales; and the management and operations of the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Director, Administration and Management, Department of Defense
Thomas (Tom) Muir was formerly appointed Interim Director, Administration and Management January 11, 2021. As former Director he is responsible for the day-to-day integration and oversight of aligned Defense Agencies and Field Activities and supports designated organizations and facilities in the National Capital Region and on the Pentagon Reservation. The re-establishment of the Director, Administration and Management was directed by the Deputy Secretary of Defense as part of a reorganization of elements of the former Office of the Chief Management Officer. The responsibilities, functions and resources of the Directorate for Oversight and Compliance and the Directorate for Administration and Organizational Policy were realigned to DA&M. The DA&M also performs oversight responsibilities for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency and Washington Headquarters Services. Mr. Muir remains the Acting Director and previously served as the Director, Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) since April 15, 2019.
Director, Enterprise Digitalization, Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
As part of the Enterprise Digitalization and Case Management Office, Smith spearheads IRS efforts to empower taxpayers and IRS employees to rapidly resolve issues in a simplified digital environment. He applies agile, customer-centered thinking and draws on leading industry test-and-learn practices to rapidly identify the combination of business process and technology solutions that best supports IRS customers and employees.
Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Brandon Wales is the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) first Executive Director, serving as the senior career executive helping oversee execution of CISA operations. He is responsible for leading long-term strategy development, managing CISA-wide policy initiatives and ensuring effective operational collaboration across the Agency. From November 17, 2020 though July 12, 2021, he was designated as the Acting Director of CISA. In this capacity, Wales oversaw CISA’s efforts to defend civilian networks, manage systemic risk to national critical functions, and work with stakeholders to raise the security baseline of the Nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure. During his tenure as the acting Director, he led the agency’s response to the SolarWinds Orion Supply Chain Attacks, Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities, the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, Pulse Connect Secure vulnerabilities, and the Kaseya VSA supply chain ransomware attack, among many others, while seeing the Agency through the final phase of the CISA 2020 Agency re-organization. Prior to serving in his current capacity, Wales directly supported the Secretary of Homeland Security from August 2017 to December 2019. Beginning as the Senior Counselor to the Secretary for Cyber and Resilience, Wales was responsible for advising on cybersecurity, emergency management, incident response and building a more resilient nation. Following that assignment, he was asked to serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff (Acting), developing and advancing the Department’s strategic priorities. In June 2019, Wales assumed the role of Chief of Staff (Acting), assisting the Secretary in overseeing the Department, ensuring close coordination across its operational components and managing interagency relationships.
Dr. Dennis (Wes) Westbrooks
Deputy Chief, Diversity and Inclusion Group, ODNI
Dr. Wes Westbrooks serves as the Deputy Chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI) Diversity and Inclusion Group, where his office is responsible for a range of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within ODNI, including representing internal ODNI interests and equities at Intelligence Community and US Government councils, boards, training forums, and conferences; producing impactful training and enrichment activities for the ODNI workforce; collaborating with Human Resources Management to produce data-driven reports designed to drive ODNI’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. He also provides oversight to program managers and educators in the planning, development, and management of ODNI’s diversity, equity, and inclusion activities and efforts.
Krish O'Mara Vignarajah
President and CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)
Krish O’Mara Vignarajah is the President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). She previously served in the Obama White House as Policy Director for First Lady Michelle Obama and at the State Department as Senior Advisor under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry. At the White House, Krish led the First Lady’s signature Let Girls Learn initiative. At the State Department, she coordinated development and implementation of multiple programs including those concerning refugees and migration, engagement with religious communities, the legal dimensions of U.S. foreign policy, and regional issues relating to Africa and the Middle East. Before joining the White House, Krish practiced law at Jenner & Block in Washington, DC, clerked for Chief Judge Michael Boudin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and taught at Georgetown University as an adjunct. She holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology and an M.A. in Political Science from Yale College, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University (Marshall Scholarship). Krish has been recognized as one of The Daily Record’s Top 50 Influential Marylanders and Top 100 Women.
President and CEO, Professional Services Council
Mr. Berteau became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Services Council (PSC) on March 28, 2016. With more than 400 members, PSC is the premier advocate of and resource for the federal services industry. As CEO, Mr. Berteau focuses on legislative and regulatory issues related to government acquisition, budgets, and requirements by helping to shape public policy, leading strategic coalitions, and working to improve communications between government and industry, focusing on outcomes and results for the government. Prior to PSC, Mr. Berteau was confirmed in December 2014 as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. He oversaw the management of the $170 billion in Department of Defense logistics funding. Previously, Mr. Berteau served as Senior Vice President and Director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). His research and analysis covered federal budgets, national security, management, contracting, logistics, acquisition, and industrial base issues.
Former CEO and Chairman, Perspecta
Mac Curtis is a results-oriented executive with over 30 years of senior level experience in the federal government contracting industry. Mac is best known for his strategic planning, business development and management skills to lead and grow the business with an eye for acquisitions that complement corporate strategy execution. With fifteen years as a chief executive officer, he is a proven, visionary leader who builds strong leadership teams, develops, and integrates corporate culture that drives teamwork and results in strong organic growth. Mac is well recognized in the M&A environment both in the government contracting market and on Wall Street, including both debt and equity markets. Being the executive responsible for more than 25 M&A transactions he has extensive knowledge in the process and environment.
Chairman & CEO, Serco
David (Dave) J. Dacquino serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Serco Inc., a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services to every branch of the U.S. military, numerous U.S. federal civilian agencies, the intelligence community, the Government of Canada, state and local governments, and commercial clients. Dave oversees the $1.7 billion business with approximately 9,000 employees providing support in three key market sectors - Defense, Citizen Services, and Transportation. Dave brings to Serco more than 30 years of experience in the defense, aeronautics and technical services industry. In his previous role at Serco, Dave served as Senior Vice President of the Defense Services business unit and oversaw the Company's work in the areas of ship and shore/base modernization, hardware integration, acquisition and program management, logistics support, and personnel readiness.
Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Frank Finelli joined The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm, in December 1998, where he is a Managing Director focusing on investments in the defense and aerospace sector. He has led numerous acquisitions and developed Carlyle’s cross-portfolio purchasing and functional initiatives. He has been repeatedly selected for the Defense News 100 Most Influential and Executive Mosaic WASH100 distinctions.
Managing Director, Avascent
Timothy R. Garnett is one of Avascent’s founders, and head of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Transaction Support practice at Avascent, a strategic management consulting firm focused on aerospace, defense, and government (ADG) markets. Mr. Garnett is one of the leading strategic M&A advisors in ADG markets. During his 20+ years with Avascent, Mr. Garnett has advised leading private equity firms and Fortune 500 companies in identifying, evaluating, operating and exiting strategic and financial transactions. Mr. Garnett and his teams support over 40 transactions per year, including lead diligence roles (buyside/sellside) on a variety of defense/government services/technology industry headline deals such as, AECOM/Amentum, Centauri, DXC, Dynetics, Gainwell, Guidehouse, GCIO, Leidos-IS&GS, Liberty IT, Northrop Grumman IT Services, PAE, Peraton, Raytheon Services. Mr. Garnett is a frequent keynote speaker at industry events, and was awarded the M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Award in 2013.
Vice President, SAIC
Dawn Halfaker was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Halfaker and Associates, an award-winning professional services and technology solutions firm she founded in 2006 which provides leading-edge, innovative technology solutions to government organizations. Under Dawn’s leadership, the Company achieved extraordinary success and growth and was acquired by SAIC in July of 2021 where she currently serves as Vice President. Prior to starting Halfaker and Associates, Dawn consulted on several projects with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Defense Sciences Office and was focused on medical research and technology to enhance warfighter capabilities and save lives on the battlefield. Dawn also interned as a military liaison to the House Armed Services Committee where she advised the committee Chair on key Department of Defense legislation and issues.
Senior Vice President, Peraton
Responsible for developing and executing Peraton’s public policy and government affairs strategies in alignment with corporate and sector strategic priorities and leading Peraton’s interactions with the legislative branch, the executive branch, state and local officials, think tanks, and trade associations.
President, CEO, and Board Director, DLH
Zachary “Zach” Parker has served as DLH’s president, chief executive officer, and board director since 2010. Mr. Parker has spearheaded three strategic acquisitions during his tenure, expanding DLH’s service portfolio to include a broader range of technology-enabled Federal services and public health capabilities through the integration of Danya International, Inc. in 2016, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. in 2019, and Irving Burton Associates, LLC in 2020. Prior to joining DLH, Mr. Parker held leadership roles within Northrop Grumman Corporation, VT Group, GE Government Services (now Lockheed Martin), and VSE Corporation. He has served on the boards of various joint ventures, companies, and associations. He is active in both professional and community associations, having served as co-chair of the Department of Defense/Industry Partnership Executive Council, and as a committee leader with National Defense Industry Association and the American Society of Naval Engineers. He is an active member of the Washington, D.C.-based Professional Services Council, the Government Affairs Council, and the Veteran Affairs Task Force. He has implemented initiatives with both the House and Senate Armed Services Committee. In 2002, Mr. Parker received the honor of congressional “Business Man of the Year.” In 2007, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., inducted him into the organization. He remains active in various “Hope for the Warrior” mentoring programs.
Partner, Wiley Rein
John is an experienced, practical and solutions-oriented attorney who helps government contractors navigate complex federal procurement issues. John represents a wide array of clients that do business with the federal government. He represents some of the largest aerospace and defense, logistics, professional services, and information technology contractors in the world in high-stakes bid protest and claims litigation. He also regularly assists small and emerging firms, as well as commercial and international companies with a limited footprint in the U.S. government market, with understanding and meeting the unique regulatory requirements of federal contracts. John’s practice includes a broad range of litigation, counseling, and transactional matters for clients that work with federal, state, and local governments. John represents government contractors in bid protests; contract claims, disputes and terminations; teaming, subcontracting and joint ventures; mergers and acquisitions; government investigations and False Claims Act matters; and suspension and debarment proceedings. John also counsels contractors on regulatory requirements under government contracts, including ethics and compliance matters, labor and employment requirements, supply chain integrity, intellectual property rights, and cost and pricing issues.
President, Defense Engineering & Sustainment, VTG
Maria Proestou is VTG’s President, Defense Engineering & Sustainment SBU. At VTG, she is responsible for applying engineering services across the enterprise and developing strategies to meet the government’s most pressing mission priorities. Most recently, Maria lent her expertise to the development of cybersecurity engineering requirements for complex warfighting systems across DoD. Maria was named to this position following the integration of her company, DELTA Resources, Inc. with VTG. Maria guided DELTA’s growth and development over the course of 20 years, effectively transitioning the firm from a woman-owned small business to a large business specializing in engineering services for the DoD’s largest acquisition command.
Partner, Enlightenment Capital
Jason is a Partner of Enlightenment Capital and brings decades of experience in both operational roles and as a principal investor in the aerospace, defense, security, and government technology industries. Prior to joining Enlightenment, he served as a Principal and Washington DC office lead for LLR Partners, a private equity firm with over $2B in assets under management, where he was responsible for directing aerospace, defense, security, and government technology related deal activity. Prior to joining LLR, Jason was a Managing Director at Monument Capital Group and Principal with The White Oak Group, private equity funds with a range of investments in the defense, government services, and security related industry segments. Before the White Oak Group, he was a senior vice president in the diversified industrials investment banking practice at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey, Capital Markets (FBR) where he led M&A and capital raising efforts in the aerospace, defense, security, and government services industries.
CEO, Artemis Consulting
Amee Shah is the CEO of Artemis Consulting, Inc., a technology solutions and management consulting firm. In her role, she oversees corporate strategy, operations, finance, marketing, and human resources. Amee has considerable experience in fostering business partnerships and expertise in program management and process improvements. She has over 15 years of experience in directing organizational transformation and designing PMOs for enterprise-level programs. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Amee has previously worked for IBM, Morgan Franklin and SRA International.
Chief Human Resources Officer & Chief Operations Officer, Abt Associates
Lisa Simeon is Abt Associates’ Chief Operations Officer. In this role, Simeon is establishing a global operations function to cover all aspects of project management. It will include continuous improvement and scalability of Abt’s standards, processes, and digital platforms for project start-up and closeout, workforce planning, risk management, and quality review to achieve strong financial performance and ensure client satisfaction across the company. She will continue to oversee Human Resources and will add responsibility for global security operations and emergency response to her portfolio.
Vice President, Salesforce
Brooke Smith is a Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Salesforce. Responsible for supporting the development of enterprise plans and solutions for the Aerospace & Defense and Government Systems Integrator markets. Brooke recently served as the Chief Growth Officer at Maga Design Inc. In this capacity he had responsibility for the overall growth and strategy for the firm. Previously serving as a Vice President and Managing Director for Xerox Corporation with global responsibility for several of Xerox’s largest clients. Prior to that he served as the Senior Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Strategy at QinetiQ North America, a $1.5B Defense and Security company. In this capacity he served as the senior executive with overall responsibility for the growth strategy and its implementation across multiple operating groups. Brooke has also served as the Chief Operating Officer for TKC Communications where he oversaw day to day operations of the company. His expertise in managing client delivery, business operations and business development has been developed through a variety of executive roles supporting defense, public sector and commercial clients. He has managed a staff of over 400 and developed a track record of revenue and profit growth. He has led business lines that included: commercial accounts, federal agencies, defense, law enforcement, homeland security, and a variety of information technology practices.
President and CEO, Parsons
As the president and chief executive officer of Parsons Corporation (NYSE: PSN), Carey is responsible for the company’s strategy, growth, business execution, and global operations. Parsons is headquartered in Centreville, Va., operates globally in 26 countries with ~16,000 employees, and creates the future of national security and global infrastructure to deliver a better world. Carey joined Parsons in 2016 as president of the Federal Solutions business. She was promoted to chief operating officer in 2018, and president and chief operating officer in 2019. During this time, Carey operationalized the company’s business segments, merged the federal and critical infrastructure functions, enhanced organic top and bottom-line growth across both segments, drove the acquisition identification and integration of six companies (Williams Electric, Polaris Alpha®, OGSystems®, QRC® Technologies, Braxton Science and Technology Group, BlackHorse Solutions), and helped take the company public. She was unanimously elected chief executive officer of Parsons Corporation by the board of directors and appointed to the position in July 2021.
Managing Director, Baird
John P. Song is a managing director in Baird’s Global Investment Banking group and is co-head of the firm’s Government & Defense practice. With almost two decades of industry experience, he advises industry-leading companies on mergers & acquisitions, corporate divestitures, financing, and other corporate strategies. He has extensive experience in working with companies that operate in a broad range of technology and service domains including C5ISR, IT modernization, cyber security, space, software, and consulting, among other market segments.