A Public Administration, Government Relations and Program Development Expert Consultant Resume
Resume of QJK

  • Transportation
  • Life Sciences
  • Environmental Technology
  • Aerospace

Master of Public Administration (MPA), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

A Senior-level director, consultant and effective problem solver in Government Relations and Program Development.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of government agencies and activities in transportation, safety, security, and energy programs. Proven ability to foresee evolving commercial and government requirements. Connect suitable partners in the design of complementary legislative initiatives. History of establishing successful strategic relationships by engaging politicians, policymakers, engineers, and key government program managers in the productive application of cutting-edge scientific advances to develop new capabilities. Expertise in: Homeland Security, Corporate Branding, Intelligence Synthesis, Energy Research & Technologies, Civilian Emergency Response, Transportation Technologies, New Business Development, Media Liaison, and Emergency.
  • Spearheaded multiple initiatives that advanced research and addressed emerging societal needs including CenTIR – reducing occurrence & severity of crash-related injuries; Shelton Center – early diagnosis/treatment of brain injuries in military settings; Flight Research Training Center – improving commercial air safety to reduce accident rates; and Alabama Automated Collision Notification Program – integrated OnStar data.
  •  Senior-level experience at numerous government agencies: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Defense (DOD), Intelligence Community, Department of Homeland Security, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards & Technology (DOC/NIST).
  • Facilitated numerous creative problem-solving sessions with members and staff of U.S. Senate,House, and Executive Branch to identify potential technology solutions to emerging business, commercial, and governmental challenges.
  •  Appointed by President Clinton as Secretary Peña’s senior advisor on research and technology.Assessed critical emerging issues, linking specific technologies with the proper resources, from academia, public laboratories, and corporations.

Consultant, Kevin Kennedy Associates, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
Providing expertise in Public Administration to a wide variety of clients.
Director of Technology Management, Praxair, Inc., Tonawanda, NY
Identified and pursued new business opportunities for government-funded R&D in the areas of industrial gas processing and production (including clean coal and synthetic fuels), and production of biological therapeutic agents and field-based oxygen for medical purposes. Developed robust relationships with external institutions and government agencies.
Collaborated across all Praxair operating divisions to secure funded research opportunities with the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense, and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA).
Director / Consultant, Rifkin Associates, Williamsville, NY
Completed special projects and advised clients in the identification of projects or business opportunities for product sales in the security, transportation, and defense contracting industries. Projects included airport perimeter control systems, access control systems, and emergency response display systems.
Continuously fostered ongoing special consultant relationship with Sandia National Labs on civilian infrastructure management and protection issues.
Director of Legislative Affairs, CUBRC, Buffalo, NY
Managed government relations and generated research funding for an independent, not-for-profit corporation committed to advancing research through cutting-edge science and technology.
Served as Director of Strategic Planning & Partnerships for the Center for Transportation Injury Research (CenTIR). Spearheaded numerous transportation safety/brain injury programs.
Director of Homeland Security Programs, General Dynamics Corp., Advanced Information Systems, Falls Church, VA
Directed business development for a global market leader in business aviation, combat vehicles, shipbuilding, and mission-critical technologies. Oversaw legislative matters related to Department of Homeland Security, Federal law enforcement, and local jurisdictions.
Proposed domestic security initiative, encouraging development of three monitoring centers in the northeast, west, and along I-75 corridor.
Led discussions with key players at critical national assets in the western U.S., including the State Governments and various National Labs.
Vice President, Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Veridian Engineering (formerly Calspan Corporation), Arlington, VA
Launched legislative programs for newly created business entity. Developed corporate wide Legislative Affairs Working Group and liaised with key players.
Pursued and secured a $7 million research program portfolio within only 18 months, funding agendas annually through the support of the Departments of Defense and Transportation and the Intelligence Community. Selected and hired lobbying firms; established and nurtured strategic relationships with not-for-profit partner organizations.
Led a team for Department of Homeland Security, proposing a regional network of security monitoring and detection centers that provided early warnings and information sharing between local, state, and federal entities, using technologies from Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs.
Senior Program Manager
Supported Calspan transportation staff and senior management on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) issues. Provided senior policy direction to the DOT Joint Program Office and served as Deputy Director for the Center for Transportation Injury Research (CenTIR program).
Presidential Appointment, Director of Technology Deployment, United States Department of Transportation, Washington DC
Appointed as Secretary Peña’s senior advisor, guiding research and technology issues on an interdepartmental and intergovernmental basis. Represented DOT research agenda, technology, and requirements with President’s Science Advisor and other senior White House staff. Assessed critical emerging issues, linking specific technologies with the proper resources, from academia, public laboratories, and corporations.
Integrated and focused a $1.7 billion research portfolio, strengthening Secretarial priorities.
Advanced DOT’s Research and Development programs, securing historic 30% funding expansion.
Assembled a pioneering partnership, applying cutting-edge simulation skills of Los Alamos National Labs, replacing traditional modeling methods for planners to assess transportation network performance, mobility potential, and economic/environmental impacts.
Restored pride in and notoriety of DOT’s Research and Development team, including Vice Presidential sponsorship of TransFuture displaying advanced transportation technologies on three blocks of the National Mall in Washington DC.
Served as Executive Secretary of President Clinton’s National Science & Technology Council Subcommittee on Transportation Research and Development.
Served as DOT representative on to the Department of Commerce’s Advanced Technology Program, representing the Secretary and transportation community, resulting in DOT-related project becoming a primary recipient of funds.
Senior Analyst, Technical & Administrative Services Corporation (TADCORPS), Washington DC
Oversaw NASA Space Station marketing/community outreach program with educational groups, civic organizations, as well as biotechnology, materials development, and life sciences industries.
Senior Vice President / Senior Project, The Egan Group, Washington DC
Provided consulting services to businesses and individuals pursuing opportunities using resources of low earth orbit and micro-gravity environments. Key contributor on award winning NASA group, developing guidelines, policies, and pricing mechanisms for private industrial use of the Space Station Facility.

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