On Friday, May 16th the School of Management will hold its annual Convocation ceremony in celebration of 1,026 students receiving their degrees. Kaylene Green, BS Accounting ’87, will serve as the keynote speaker.
Kaylene is President and Partner of Flagship Government Relations. She has more than 30 years combined experience in the federal relations arena, having held leading positions in the private sector, as well as staff positions on Capitol Hill and in the Department of Defense. Prior to leading the formation of Flagship Government Relations, she held senior executive positions at a top Washington lobbying firm. That was preceded by 12 years with Bath Iron Works Corporation, where she led Legislative and Executive Branch liaison efforts as vice president of Washington Operations. In that capacity, Kaylene was the chief communicator of company interests across the spectrum of federal decision makers. She has developed a reputation for effectively representing a wide variety of entities, whose interests have varied from Defense programs and budgets, to acquisition policy, to development and execution of legislative strategies.
Along with her professional successes, Kaylene is the model Mason alumna. In 2011, Kaylene and her husband Bob, BS Elementary Education ’76, were honored with the Alumni Service Award for their unwavering commitment to support the success and growth of the University.
Upon receiving the award, the two reminisced about the days when George Mason University classes were held in borrowed high school classrooms and the four original campus buildings. The university’s evolution to what it is today has motivated the couple to give back to their alma mater.
“When you see the university growing and becoming a community, you find yourself wanting to become a part of it,” says Bob. “We really have enjoyed watching it grow and doing what we can to contribute.”
Having watched the burgeoning Mason community over the years, the Greens were inspired to contribute their time and financial support during the university’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign. Kaylene joined the campaign’s Alumni Steering Committee in 2002, and the couple began coming to campus more frequently.
“It was just incredible to see what Mason has become,” says Kaylene. “Particularly with the dorms and campus life, it has really become a full-fledged, full-service university.”
Kaylene remains an active volunteer leader at Mason, serving on the School of Management Advisory Board. In 2010, the pair also became the founding investors in the School of Management’s Dean’s Investment Fund. Kaylene says she and Bob were inspired by the vision for the school and realized that they too could make an impact.
The award for their service to the university was a nice surprise for the couple.
“I still look at what we’re doing as fairly modest compared with what I know so many other people have done,” says Kaylene. “To have the university feel that it’s worth distinction is very nice.”
“Having reached a point now where I’m retired, I don’t get many honors anymore,” Bob joked. “I do appreciate it.”
For the Greens, seeing the next generation reap the rewards of a Mason education is another benefit of their continued connection with their alma mater. Bob’s grandson is a student at the university, Kaylene’s niece is an alumna, and Kaylene’s former assistant is a part-time MBA student.
As Convocation keynote speaker, Kaylene will share her journey as a Mason alumna with the 805 undergraduate and 221 graduate students beginning the next phase of their lives.