About Us

Leadership Team

Janet Clement

Janet Clement – Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of Jefferson, Janet Clement epitomizes leadership with her dynamic approach, exemplifying over 30 years of expertise in spearheading growth, change, and innovation. Her tenure is marked by an unwavering commitment to customer-focused solutions. Under her stewardship, Jefferson has flourished, both in market reputation and internal strategy cohesion. Janet’s belief in the transformative power of a people-centric culture has been pivotal in creating an innovative workplace. Her hands-on leadership style fosters collaboration across executive and senior management teams, driving solutions that address government challenges with client-centricity and high-impact results.

Before her current role, Janet oversaw a small business’s growth from $20M to $50M as the Chief Operating Officer. Her strategic vision and execution led to the establishment of a Shared Services Business Unit and the significant win of the Department of Commerce HR Shared Services contract. Her previous positions include Senior Director at ASI Government and a nine-year tenure at Unisys Federal, where she developed a Human Capital Practice and managed strategic accounts across various federal agencies. Janet’s roots in the public sector include significant roles at the U.S. Mint and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Her active involvement in industry organizations further strengthens her leadership. She is a member of the Executive Committee for Professional Services Council and for the Industry Advisory Council for ACT-IAC, as well as a member of the founding board of directors for the Coalition for Racial and Ethnic Equity in Development (CREED).

Marty Mackes

Martin Mackes – Chief Delivery Officer

Marty Mackes, the Chief Delivery Officer at Jefferson, stands as a testament to over three decades of distinguished service in delivering solutions to Federal Government clients. His expertise spans across Homeland Security, Defense, Intel, and Civilian agencies. Marty’s leadership has been instrumental in steering an exceptionally talented team, fostering a culture of extraordinary delivery while aligning with business growth and corporate strategies. He oversees Jefferson’s Mission Support Team, including Enterprise Program Management, HR, Talent Acquisition, Contracts, and IT.

Marty’s previous tenure as Chief Delivery Officer at Avantus Federal saw him transforming program management and delivery models, contributing to the company’s expansion to over 1,000 employees. His rich experience includes senior roles at Unisys, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Standard Technology Incorporated, where he led businesses servicing various federal and defense markets.

His academic background includes a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University. Marty’s commitment to industry excellence is reflected in his chairmanship of the Homeland Defense Business Council (HSDBC).

Jeremy Arensdorf

Jeremy Arensdorf – Chief Growth Officer

Jeremy Arensdorf, serving as the Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer at Jefferson, is the driving force behind the company’s new business initiatives and proposal efforts. His tenure at Jefferson is marked by transformative growth, guiding the company into new service areas and agencies. With a portfolio of serving over 20 federal agencies, his expertise in federal acquisition, organizational development, and project management is unparalleled.

Jeremy’s credentials include a PMP certification and being a Fellow of ACT-IAC. His leadership has been acknowledged through his chairmanship of the Acquisition Management Shared Interest Group and his selection for APMP’s 40 Under 40 award. He holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA with high distinction from Hastings College.

Before joining Jefferson, Jeremy’s dynamic background includes being the Director of Forensics at Doniphan-Trumbull High School in Nebraska, where he established a premier speaking program.

Al Burman

Dr. Allan Burman – Jefferson Solutions President

Dr. Allan Burman, President of Jefferson Solutions, has been a transformative leader since establishing the government consulting practice in 1996. His leadership has seen Jefferson providing a spectrum of services, including analysis, program management, and acquisition assistance to over 60 government agencies.

Dr. Burman’s distinguished government career includes policy roles in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the White House’s OMB. As the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, he was a pioneer in establishing performance-based contracting and emphasizing outcome-focused federal management practices.

His accolades include being a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, past Chairman of the Procurement Round Table, a Board Advisor at NCMA, and a Senior Advisor to Government Executives at the Partnership for Public Service. His educational background is equally notable, with a PhD from George Washington University, a Master’s degree from Harvard, a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Bordeaux, France, and a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

MJ Sivulich

MJ Sivulich – Senior Vice President

MJ Sivulich is the Senior Vice President leading Jefferson’s Business Solutions practice. She provides government affairs, federal business development, and public sector marketing support to industry clients.  She delivers vital insights into market trends and growth strategies and guides businesses toward market dominance.  She has a long track record of helping nonprofits and small, mid, and large businesses meet and exceed their growth objectives through business development strategy, proposal support, capture support, and market research.

As Legislative Director at Teledyne Brown Engineering, MJ was key in securing federal support and business growth through strategic legislative initiatives, demonstrating her knowledge in navigating federal legislation.  Her expertise in federal affairs was honed during her tenure with two Blue Dog Democrats in Congress, focusing on federal appropriation.

MJ is active in the GovCon community and leads the ACT-IAC FIE VA Team and is a co-lead for the PSC VA Task Force and the PSC VA Vision Team.

MJ’s educational background, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South, provides a lasting foundation for her career. Her unique combination of legislative knowledge and business skills makes her an invaluable asset to Jefferson, where she continues to be a leading force in federal business consulting.

Karen O'Brien

Karen O’Brien – Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Karen O’Brien, Senior Vice President, leads the Emerging Accounts portfolio, a grouping of select large and independent agencies where Jefferson is performing and expanding our service delivery, and serves and General Counsel.  She is a government contracts attorney and recognized expert on procurement law.  Leveraging her procurement expertise, Karen provides high-level acquisition assessment reviews, strategic assessments, and acquisition assistance to numerous federal agencies.  

Before joining Jefferson, Karen was Of Counsel to a small firm where she practiced government contract law, including contract administration matters, claims, disputes and bid protests. Prior to that, she managed the Government Contracts publications program of the George Washington University Law School. 

Karen began her career as a procurement law attorney in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. While in the Army, Ms. O’Brien served as the legal advisor to the Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting and the Head of Contracting Activity in Southwest Asia. She also served as a staff attorney for the DoD Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying the Acquisition Process (Section 800 Panel).  

Ms. O’Brien is an author on key texts in the field of government contracting, including The Government Contracts Reference Book and Competitive Negotiation: The Source Selection Process (published by CCH Publishing). Karen received a Juris Doctor from the Vermont Law School and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Niagara University. 

Michelle Straughn

Michelle Straughn – Senior Vice President

Michelle is a Senior Vice President and leads the Infrastructure and Natural Resources (INR) Portfolio. A seasoned management consultant with over 25 years of experience, Michelle is an expert in transforming organizations and providing acquisition, business process reengineering, organizational assessment and redesign, data and analysis, and strategic planning services, as well as  human capital, cost and performance, IT, and operations management support. 

Michelle provides stellar business development, capture, growth management, and strategic leadership and guidance, to over 25 programs and projects primarily supporting United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Department of Interior (DOI). The services provided in INR span all of the Jefferson offerings to include program/project management and analysis, human capital management, strategic planning, acquisition and grants management lifecycle support, communications, training and facilitation, and process automations and data analytics. 

Prior to joining Jefferson, Michelle served in the roles of Chief Operations Officer (COO), Founder and President of a woman-owned small consulting firm, and Senior Manager/Engagement Director at various large government consulting firms. 

Michelle holds a BA from the University of Maryland and a Master of Public Management from the Maryland School of Public Affairs. Michelle is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis (AABPA).  

Eric Bolstad – Senior Vice President

As a Senior Vice President, Eric leads Jefferson’s USAID portfolio. With over 30 years of experience supporting USAID programs in 24 countries, including as a USAID direct hire contract specialist, a USAID democracy officer and as both a contract/grant specialist and a Director of Finance and Administration for USAID implementing partners, Eric provides a unique perspective in solving international development issues and managing international development projects. Eric is an expert in financial management, grant and contract management, field operations, policy development, budget development, internal auditing, personnel training and supervision, project start-up and close-out, and project development and implementation.

Prior to joining the team at Jefferson, Eric led the finance and administration of USAID projects for FHI 360, International Relief and Development (IRD), Academy for Educational Development (AED), and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center) including long-term assignments in Serbia and Montenegro for IRD and in Indonesia for both IRD and AED.

Eric served 6 years with the Army National Guard (California and Virginia). As Platoon Sergeant (E6), he managed the training, health and welfare of personnel of 2nd Platoon of Bravo Company, 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 29th Infantry Division (Light), in Fredericksburg, VA. Eric has a BA in International Relations from and a BA in Spanish from California State University – Chico and holds an MBA with a concentration in Contract Management from Florida Tech.