Jefferson Consulting Group’s Portfolio Leads, Karen O’Brien, Eric Bolstad, and Michelle Straughn Promoted to Senior Vice President

Karen O’Brien, a 19-year veteran of Jefferson, has been a beacon of leadership and innovation throughout her career. Having embarked on her journey from the Army JAG Corps, Karen’s trajectory has been marked by remarkable achievements, including managing the Government Contracts Program Publications at George Washington Law School. In her latest role as VP of the EA Portfolio, Karen expanded with numerous new customers and double-digit growth. Her steadfast dedication and leadership have contributed to Jefferson’s success.

Eric Bolstad, having 10 years with Jefferson and over 30 years supporting USAID, has been instrumental in expanding Jefferson’s footprint within the agency, recently winning contracts with the Africa Bureau, Bureau for Resilience, Environment, and Food Security, Office of Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment, and the USAID Ghana. His extensive background with USAID contributed to cementing Jefferson as a leader in Institutional Support for USAID. Eric’s leadership exemplifies Jefferson’s unwavering commitment to excellence.

Michelle Straughn has brought a wealth of experience from higher education and management consulting. In her 4 years at Jefferson, Michelle spearheaded the formation of the INR portfolio, driving growth, customer expansion, and capability development. The portfolio has expanded presence in the Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Michelle’s foresight and dedication have been instrumental in advancing Jefferson’s delivery growth and service diversity.

“I’m excited for the next chapter with these talented leaders,” said Martin Mackes, Chief Delivery Officer, “their contributions to growth and customer expansion has been extraordinary.”

“Their unwavering commitment to customer service and to excellence embody the core values of Jefferson, and their contributions will continue to drive success in the years to come,” said Janet Clement, Chief Executive Officer.

About Jefferson: Jefferson is an award-winning, minority- and woman-owned small business and a proven leader in acquisitionprogram management and strategic services, and human capital. Jefferson has more than 25 years of experience supporting more than 60 federal agency clients, helping them to address challenges and improve performance in the U.S. and overseas.

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Jefferson Consulting Group Awarded U.S. Air Force 505th Test and Training Group Academic & Training Support Contract

Jefferson Consulting Group announces the recent award by the U.S. Air Force 505th Command and Control Wing (CCW) of a 5 year, $38.8M contract to provide Academic and Training Support. Under this contract, Jefferson, and its partners, ACT1 and B3H, will provide course instruction, mission support, and exercise support to the 505th Command and Control Wing (505 CCW) in their mission to prepare and enable the joint force to execute war-winning command and control of airpower.

Jefferson Business Consulting Announces Partnership with High Top Public Affairs

Jefferson Business Consulting today announced a strategic partnership with High Top Public Affairs to provide clients with Capitol Hill insights and expertise. High Top Public Affairs specializes in public policy and government relations. The firm was founded by Adam Reece, former staff director of the U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and has over a decade of policy experience working on Capitol Hill.

“Over the years, we’ve worked with Adam both at High Top and in Congress and are thrilled to continue the relationship. Adam’s deep expertise on the Department of Veterans Affairs, public policy, and the inner workings of Congress will bring significant value to our clients,” said MJ Sivulich, Senior Vice President at Jefferson Business Consulting.

“I started High Top Public Affairs to provide clients with honest assessments and a comprehensive approach to make informed business decisions. My philosophy has always been to surround myself with leaders who consistently raise the bar for what can be achieved. Since day one, the team at Jefferson has been one of those partners for High Top. I believe our combined expertise will only enhance what we can accomplish for clients, and I could not be more excited for this partnership,” said Adam Reece, Founder of High Top Public Affairs.

About Jefferson Business Consulting, LLC
Jefferson Business Consulting has a track record for helping companies create, build, and sustain business with the federal government. Jefferson professionals are intimately familiar with the internal procurement processes, contractor community, and politics of the federal government and are adept at incorporating this knowledge into strategy and implementation plans for growth.

About High Top Public Affairs, LLC
High Top Public Affairs brings nearly two decades of experience in working in public policy and the private sector. High Top works with clients to navigate both the political and regulatory process, leaning on proven strategies in guiding private and public entities through change, crisis, and opportunity.

Jefferson Consulting Group Awarded HUD Acquisition and Program Support Services (APSS) BPA 

Jefferson Consulting Group has been awarded a five-year, $200 million dollar Acquisition and Program Support Services (APSS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

Since launching in 1996, Jefferson has supported program offices and contracting offices to improve acquisition outcomes. Our acquisition and program management experts help bridge the gap between program management and acquisition to ensure better requirements, more effective acquisition strategies, and improved outcomes for our agency clients. Jefferson is well suited to support HUD as it seeks to obtain pre- and post-award acquisition and program management support to enable its important mission. 

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. Jefferson is working to support these objectives through improved acquisition and program management.  

“Jefferson is excited to bring its decades of experience in federal acquisition and program management support services to HUD. As the agency strives to meet increasing agency requirement demands, Jefferson is ready to assist throughout the acquisition and program management lifecycles,” said Jefferson CEO Janet Clement. 

About Jefferson: Jefferson is an award-winning, minority- and woman-owned small business and a proven leader in acquisition, program management and strategic services, and human capital. Jefferson has more than 25 years of experience supporting more than 60 federal agency clients, helping them to address challenges and improve performance in the U.S. and overseas. 

Jefferson Consulting Group Awarded USAID DDI GenDev Institutional Support Services Contract

Jefferson Consulting Group, a woman-owned small business, has been awarded a five-year, 41 million dollar Institutional Support Contract (ISC) in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub (GenDev).   

The GenDev ISC contract is led by Jefferson Solutions and its partners, Social Impact and WI-HER. The team brings decades of experience in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) and leadership in institutional support and capacity building with USAID. The team will leverage a vast network of gender and women’s empowerment experts across USAID technical sectors to provide innovative and effective services for GenDev and Operating Units (OUs) in Missions and Washington.  

Cultivating, promoting, and protecting women’s and girls’ rights is a strategic imperative in helping to foster political stability and democracy. The GenDev ISC plays a crucial role in uplifting the economic rights of women, advocating for equal access to education for women and girls, and combating gender-based violence (GBV). Since women’s economic success has a ripple effect, these initiatives lead to healthier, more prosperous, and resilient communities at large. 

“We believe passionately in USAID’s vision of a world in which women and girls, and gender diverse individuals are afforded equal liberties to their counterparts and are empowered to secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. As a woman-owned small business, we know firsthand of the obstacles to success. In countries where there are even greater challenges, it is crucial that we dedicate resources to overcoming restrictive gender norms and inequalities. Jefferson is proud to support USAID in creating an enduring impact through their programs to achieve this vision,” said Jefferson CEO Janet Clement. 

About Jefferson: Jefferson is an award-winning, minority- and woman-owned small business and a proven leader in acquisition, program management and strategic services, and human capital. Jefferson has over 25 years of experience supporting more than 60 federal agency clients, helping them to address challenges and improve performance in the U.S. and overseas. 

 

Jefferson Consulting Group awarded USAID RISSA Institutional Support Services Contract

Jefferson Consulting Group has been awarded a five-year 64 million dollar Institutional Support Contract (ISC) by the U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau for Africa (USAID/AFR). The Research and Institutional Support Services Activity (RISSA) will support the core mandate and activities of USAID/AFR to advance and implement its strategic priorities in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

The RISSA contract is led by Jefferson and its partners, International Business & Technical Consultants (IBTCI), Stratitia, and 2c4 Technologies. With more than 30 years of experience providing institutional services and implementing more than 50 USAID ISCs with superior results, the team is well equipped to support USAID/AFR in its mission.

USAID/AFR works in partnership with African leaders and decision-makers to design, implement, and support development projects that address serious challenges in SSA. Tailoring programs to each country, USAID/AFR works to prevent conflict and violent extremism, support more accountable and democratic institutions, increase opportunities for economic advancement, provide access to and enable the delivery of health services, and more.  The Jefferson team will support these objectives by enabling effective, rapid-response high-quality support to USAID/AFR, USAID Missions and partners in SSA, including U.S. Presidential initiatives such as Power Africa, YALI, and Prosper Africa.

“The work of USAID/AFR and its partners is critically important to fostering global security, prosperity, health, freedom, and democracy. We passionately believe that international development programs are a necessity to better the lives of so many. We are honored to be chosen by the world’s premier international development agency to support their mission,” said Jefferson CEO Janet Clement.

About Jefferson: Jefferson is an award-winning, minority- and woman-owned small business and a proven leader in acquisition, program management and strategic services, and human capital. Jefferson has more than 25 years of experience supporting more than 60 federal agency clients, helping them to address challenges and improve performance in the U.S. and overseas.

Jefferson Business Consulting Hires Bradley Saull as Vice President

Bradley Saull, a business of government leader with more than twenty years of experience in the public and private sectors, has been named Vice President for Jefferson Business Consulting.

“Bradley is a terrific addition to the Jefferson team,” said Janet H. Clement, Chief Executive Officer of Jefferson Consulting Group. “His background combines executive branch, congressional, and private sector experience and will strengthen our capacity to help clients grow and serve civilian agencies more effectively.”

Bradley was the Vice President for Civilian Agencies at the Professional Services Council (PSC), a leading association of over 400 government contractors representing the diverse technology and professional services industry. He led the association’s policy and programming for federal civilian departments with a particular focus on the Departments of Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services. While at Deloitte and Dell Technologies, Bradley gained additional experience working across a broad portfolio of civilian agencies.

In the federal government, Bradley advised the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security on matters related to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) management lines of business. He also previously served as Deputy White House Liaison at DHS, where he recruited candidates for political appointment, worked within the interagency to communicate policy issues, strategic messages, grant announcements, and the implementation of Homeland and National Security Presidential Directives. Bradley also served at the U.S. Department of Justice and in various positions in state government in Ohio.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

About Jefferson
For more than 30 years, Jefferson Business Consulting has provided results-driven advice and hands-on assistance to help industry clients capture and expand federal government business.

 

Jefferson Consulting Group Awarded USAID/LPA Institutional Support Services Contract

Jefferson Consulting Group announces the recent award by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) of a five-year, $22.2 million Institutional Support Services contract to provide technical, programmatic, and administrative services to the Agency’s Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (USAID/LPA). USAID/LPA is the Agency’s primary liaison between USAID and the American people, and at the same time facilitates USAID communication and outreach activities across more than 100 countries worldwide.

Jefferson, with our partners XL Associates (XLA) and Federal Business Council (FBC), will support USAID/LPA in producing outreach products for USAID digital platforms, creating content for Agency social media communications, crafting speeches for USAID senior leadership outreach to internal and external audiences, and organizing events that engage both the Agency workforce and key actors on issues critical to USAID international development initiatives.

“The ability of USAID to engage audiences at home, and throughout the world, builds trust in the assistance that our government’s premier international development agency delivers worldwide,” said Jefferson CEO Janet Clement. “USAID programming saves lives, supports emerging democracies, and lifts up vulnerable communities in times of crisis. Jefferson is elated for the opportunity to contribute to this mission by expanding USAID’s ability to put information about the Agency in the hands of those who benefit from, and those who implement, critical development activities across the globe.”

About Jefferson: Jefferson is an award-winning, minority- and woman-owned small business and a proven leader in acquisition, program management and strategic services, and human capital. Jefferson has more than 25 years of experience supporting more than 60 federal agency clients, helping them to address challenges and improve performance in the U.S. and overseas.

Jefferson Business Consulting Announces Partnership with Former VHA Executive Chuck Sepich

Jefferson Business Consulting is pleased to announce a partnership with Chuck Sepich to provide strategic advice and business development support for clients working with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Chuck has decades of experience in the healthcare market. He specializes in healthcare management, including: business planning, strategic planning, professional coaching, and product evaluation. Prior to consulting, Chuck worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for 37 years in various leadership positions. As the Director of VISN (Region) 7, Chuck provided leadership to the ten VA Medical Centers and 43 community outpatient clinics in the Southeast region. Chuck also served as Chief Executive Officer or Chief Operations Officer in three flagship VHA facilities.

“For more than thirty years we have worked directly with the VA or in support of companies who work with VA to improve programs and outcomes for our nation’s veterans. Every day we are helping companies become strategic partners with the VA with the end goal of better serving veterans and helping VA fulfill its mission. We are delighted to partner with Chuck to share his expertise, relationships, and solid business advice with our clients,” said MJ Sivulich, Senior Vice President.

About Jefferson Business Consulting, LLC
Jefferson Business Consulting has a track record for helping companies create, build, and sustain business with the federal government.  Jefferson professionals are intimately familiar with the internal procurement processes, contractor community, and politics of the federal government and are adept at incorporating this knowledge into strategy and implementation plans for growth.