Leadership & Staff
Chairman, Advisory Board of Advisors, Center for Government Contracting &
Chief Executive Officer, EverWatch
The Honorable Dr. John Hillen is a highly accomplished CEO in the government contracting space and a former high-ranking U.S. government official. A decorated combat veteran and noted national security scholar, he has led four defense and intelligence technology firms in Northern Virginia, most recently as President and CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions—awarded the 2012 GovCon Contractor of the Year award in the large company category.
He was confirmed by the Senate as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in 2005 and served in that role until 2007. A recognized industry leader in the technology contracting space, Hillen served in 2012 and 2013 as the chairman of the Professional Services Council and currently sits on the boards of several defense, intelligence, and energy firms. Hillen received the Fed100 award twice - in 2011 and 2017 - has been the subject of cover stories in Smart CEO Magazine, Government Computer News, and Washington Technology. Hillen is a Forbes contributor and writes a column on leadership and strategy issues in Washington Technology magazine.
From 2013 – 2018 he was a professor in the MBA program at George Mason University and was voted the Outstanding Professor in the MBA program by the students in the 2018. Dr. Hillen graduated from Duke University, holds a Master’s Degree from King’s College London, a doctorate from Oxford, and received his MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell. His 2018 book, What Happens Now? Reinvent Yourself As A Leader Before Your Business Outruns You, was recognized as one of the top business books of 2018 by Soundview Executive Books.
A Lecture Series on the GovCon Market
Based on a lecture for the School of Business Brown & Brown Distinguished Lecture Series, Dr. John Hillen Traces GovCon market’s maturation in three parts in Washington Technology:
- Part 1: How mature is the GovCon market?, May 20, 2014
- Part 2: What stands in the way of a more mature GovCon market?, May 27, 2014
- Part 3: Is the GovCon market a 'real' market?, June 4, 2014
John G. McGinn, Ph.D.
Center for Government Contracting
Dr. John "Jerry" McGinn has recently been appointed as the Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting in the School of Business at George Mason University (GMU). He brings over 28 years of experience in national and international security affairs in defense industry, government, think tanks, and the military to this role. At GMU, he will be responsible for establishing the first of its kind center for research, teaching, and collaboration on the issues facing the Government Contracting (GovCon) community. He will work closely with GMU faculty and students, as well as industry and government stakeholders, on this important effort.
Prior to joining GMU, Jerry served as the senior career official in the Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy in the Department of Defense. His principal responsibilities there included leading a staff of 70 personnel and managing an annual budget of approximately $200 million; conducting assessments of critical industry sectors that received White House-level attention and impact; reviewing high-visibility defense-related mergers and acquisitions as well as cases before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States impacting billions of dollars of transactions in the global economy; executing advanced manufacturing programs in areas such as 3D printing, flexible electronics, advanced fibers and textiles, and robotics; and overseeing high-profile education and collaboration activities leading to new entrants in and new business models for the defense market.
Previous to his position in DoD, Dr. McGinn spent a decade in senior defense industry roles. These positions included President of McGinn Defense Consulting LLC, where he addressed complex strategy and policy issues for aerospace and defense clients; Specialist Leader in Deloitte Consulting LLP, where he focused on strategy projects for DoD and commercial clients, and was a lead author of Deloitte’s Global Defense Outlook 2013; Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at QinetiQ North America, where he was responsible for strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and technology partnerships for a $400M business unit; and Corporate Director for International Government Relations at Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he led business development activities in support of key international priorities.
Before industry, Dr. McGinn served in DoD as Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Undersecretary (Policy), focusing on post‐conflict stabilization, reconstruction, and defense transformation and serving as the first DoD detailee to State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. Dr. McGinn also served as a political scientist at RAND, where he co‐led a ground‐breaking and widely praised study entitled, America’s Role in Nation‐Building: From Germany to Iraq.
Dr. McGinn is a widely acclaimed thought leader, author, and sought-after speaker. He has published numerous influential articles and monographs, testified before the U.S. Congress and the United Kingdom House of Commons, presented to senior government and industry audiences around the world, and is regularly interviewed on critical national security issues.
Dr. McGinn was commissioned into the U.S. Army and served with distinction as an infantry officer; he received several military awards and is a graduate of Ranger and Airborne Schools. He holds a Ph.D., M.S., and M.A. from Georgetown University and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy.
Center for Government Contracting
Office: Buchanan Hall D009
As Associate Director of the Government Contracting Program, Charlie is responsible for strategic planning in coordination with the Center's Executive Director and the Government Contracting Advisory Board. He is responsible for execution of all aspects of program operations including marketing and communications, finance, fundraising, and outreach. He is actively engaged at making connections and partnerships with other government contracting centers of excellence who share common interests.
Starting as an Initiative in 2015, becoming a Center in the School of Business in Fall 2018, program activities have established a strong foundation through its inaugural Government Contracting Conference, an Industry Discussion Series, and the creation of a GovCon case study program for school faculty. Additional highlights of the 2019 program year included the appointment of Senior Fellows, a GovCon White Paper Series, and a Minor in Government Contracting.
Charlie was present at the creation of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy with the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. From 1982 to 2015, he ran the day-to-day operations of the department as it built capacity through grants, research and publications. Case writing and teaching is an area of expertise developed while working at Georgetown. He created a Case Study Center in International Affairs, the largest of its kind in the United States, to share case method instruction with faculty and students. The case method is an active learning technique for use in the classroom.
He has a strong background in institution-building in a soft-funded environment, and the soft-skills needed to develop a professional a staff and to work with a diverse group of internal and external practitioners.
Senior Fellow & Executive-in-Residence
Center for Government Contracting
Tom is the lead instructor for Center for Government Contracting courses in Executive Education. He has held senior executive positions with several leading companies in the technology industry, including ACS/Xerox and EDS/HP, responsible for operations, sales, marketing, and strategy in support of global government markets. In addition, he participated in two successful Northern Virginia start-ups—Current Analysis, Inc., an advisory firm for the telecommunications industry, and FSI, a public sector market research firm. Tom also did research and development work on behalf of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Earlier in his career Tom held various positions with the State of Florida Governor's Office, Legislature and Cabinet, including serving as Deputy Executive Administrator of the first cabinet-level state government CIO office in the U.S.
In addition to the above Tom served on the Board of Directors of DynTek, Inc. an information technology services company. Tom has been a regular industry columnist for Washington Technology and Governing magazine. He has also been an external advisor on information policy to the U.S. Congress and to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And Tom also served as Past Chair of the State and Local Board for TechAmerica, a leading technology trade association.
Tom holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree from Florida State University and a B.A. with honors from Pennsylvania State University.