Brianna McCullough joins M Powered Strategies (MPS) with a background in communications and stakeholder engagement. Before coming to MPS, Brianna was a political appointee in the Obama Administration, working at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During her three-and-a-half-year tenure there, she served in Secretary Janet Napolitano’s front office, and then moved on to the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to work with state, local, tribal, and territorial elected officials on homeland security and emergency management issues.
Prior to her service at DHS, Brianna worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she wrote for the USDA blog and managed correspondence for Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Brianna graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, with a degree in English Literature.
Billy McGlinn and Veronica Wightman
Former PACE apprentices, Billy McGlinn and Veronica Wightman, have joined M Powered Strategies as full-time consultants. They both started the PACE Program in January and graduated at the end of July. Billy, who holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics in Public Policy and Administration, is continuing the work he did as an apprentice at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), providing facilitation, meeting management, and strategic analysis in support of the Data Access Services (DAS) Core program. Veronica, a graduate of George Mason University School of Public Policy, with a background in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), will continue her work at VA, training system users on VBMS functionality.
They both credit the PACE Program with giving them the skills and knowledge required to provide their clients with quality consulting. “M Powered Strategies is a great avenue to apply the skills I have acquired in the PACE program, to continue to grow professionally, and to work with others who are dedicated to providing the best service to the Federal Government,” remarked Veronica. According to Billy, “PACE provided a tremendous opportunity to accelerate my professional growth. I am excited to continue working towards the MPS mission of delivering better government through organizational effectiveness.”
PACE Fall Class of 2014
The seven apprentices in the Fall Class of 2014 make up the largest PACE cohort to date. They hail from across the country and beyond–Connecticut, Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. With resumes listing educational backgrounds that range from anthropology to finance, along with past experiences at the Goa Management Institute in India, internships at the White House, serving as Press Secretary for a Congressman, ethnographic studies in South Africa, performing research for German Think Tanks, and more, the group brings a fascinating and diverse skill set to the MPS team. Their work at various agencies within the Department of Veterans Affairs will involve technical management support, facilitation and meeting design, and training development and stakeholder management. All this, in addition to weekly professional development training courses and a white paper to be presented by each apprentice at the end of the program, will keep them busy for the next 25 weeks. All of us at M Powered Strategies extend a warm welcome to Semir Hasedzic, Garrett Lance, Jessica Nielsen, Heidi Obermeyer, Dominique Tillman, Brian Wenzler, and Aidan Wojtech. To find out more about each apprentice, visit our PACE Facebook page or MPS @ LinkedIn.