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Our Team

David M. Olive, Principal
David M. Olive has more than 30 years’ experience in business, politics, law and public affairs. As former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR3) and a former staffer for US Senator Jim Allen (D-AL) Mr. Olive understands that very few things get done in Washington without approaching them in a bi-partisan manner. More »
Akmal Ali, Principal
As a principal at Catalyst Partners, Akmal Ali supports domestic and international clients in working with the federal government and business development, with an emphasis on technology growth. With more than four years of SAFETY Act experience, Ali most recently fulfilled the duties and responsibilities of a deputy director at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of SAFETY Act Implementation, and offers extensive knowledge of public-private partnerships, private sector preparedness and resiliency and risk management. More »
Randy Beardsworth, Principal
Randy Beardsworth brings over 30 years of strategic and operational experience, with expertise in maritime security, maritime domain awareness, border and transportation security, law enforcement, and immigration policy. In his current capacity as a Principal at Catalyst Partners, he helps clients with strategic planning and business development. More »
Gary S. Becker, Chief Economist
Gary S. Becker is the Chief Economist for Catalyst Partners, LLC. In this role, Becker offers economic analyses to clients on matters relating to homeland security, including the cost impact of proposed and final rulemakings. He holds more than 35 years experience as an economist working in the private sector and the federal government. More »
François P. Bégin, Principal
François Bégin brings 28 years of extensive experience in both domestic and international markets. Mr. Bégin has spent his entire professional career accessing and optimizing public and private sector opportunities, both as a consultant and as a senior executive. As a Partner of Catalyst Partners, Mr. Bégin continues to identify opportunities, build critical relationships, and provide access and guidance to a variety of small and large businesses to help them broaden their footprint. More »
Richard Cooper, Principal
Richard “Rich” Cooper is a Partner with Catalyst Partners, LLC, a government and public affairs practice in Washington, D.C., that focuses on homeland and national security matters. In this role, Cooper offers client advice and strategic planning support on matters relating to emergency preparedness and business continuity leadership, public-private partnerships, homeland security policies and programs as well as science and technology development and deployment. More »
Jeffrey J. Faszcza
Jeffrey J. “Jeff” Faszcza brings more than 32 years experience in managing multidisciplinary projects that encompass broad strategic issues and require precise technical execution to his position as a Principal at Catalyst Partners. Jeff has direct management experience in government relations, business development, program management, manufacturing and finance, having applied and honed his skills in both the domestic and international space, defense, aeronautics and homeland security markets. More »
Gaby Hawat, Principal
Dr. Gaby Hawat brings more than 30 years’ experience working with high-tech industries, federal, state, and local elected officials and agencies, and various organizations, universities and colleges. He has a proven track record for the acquisition and administration of local, state, and federal grants. More »
Steven Krause
Steven Krause holds 35 years experience in business development and government relations, creating new ventures and capturing new business in aerospace, defense and security markets around the world. Formerly with The Boeing Company, Krause has worked across numerous defense and business development projects, including international growth strategy, border security, and military and civilian aviation contracts. More »
Meghan Mitchum, Associate
Meghan Mitchum analyzes science and technology trends in the public policy arena. With an academic and professional background in homeland security and environmental policy, Ms. Mitchum aids Catalyst clients in navigating the dynamic and evolving science and technology landscape. More »
Chris Schmidt
Chris Schmidt is a highly accomplished senior business executive with extensive experience in governmental, transportation and media industries. During his more than 35 year career, Mr. Schmidt has served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), as Chief of Staff to the Orange County, Fla., Mayor, as news director and general manager at three television stations, and as the head of operations at Orlando International Airport (MCO). Mr Schmidt has a proven ability to successfully manage revenue, expenses and staff in challenging, fluid environments. He has successfully established working relationships with senior business and community executives as well as government leaders at the federal, state and local levels. More »
Courtney A. Stadd, Management Advisor
Courtney Stadd has over 35 years experience in working at the intersection of the Federal government and private sector high tech markets. Mr. Stadd was founder and President of Capitol Alliance Solutions, LLC, a Washington, DC, area based management consulting services firm established in 1993 with a diverse range of public and private sector clients in aerospace (space and ground-based), satellite imagery and navigation, and other high technology initiatives. The firm assisted with shaping policy and legislative initiatives; as well as executing business development strategies for clients to capture greater market in both the federal and private sector markets. More »
L. Vance Taylor, Principal
Vance Taylor has worked to advance the mission of homeland security on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. One of only a handful of people in the nation with a Master’s degree in Homeland Security, Mr. Taylor combines his specialized education with real-world experience and advanced professional training to leverage successful outcomes for his clients and their stakeholders. More »
Mac Tuttle, Associate
Benjamin “Mac” Tuttle conducts research analysis on legislative trends and emerging technologies and how they relate to the greater homeland security enterprise. More »
Kelly Woods Vaughn, Principal
Kelly Woods Vaughn joined the InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA) May 2012, as the Managing Director. In this role, she works closely with the InfraGard Members Alliances (IMA) the FBI Public – Private Alliance (PPAU), other Government Agencies, Industry and Private Sector Partners to facilitates cross communication and outreach to promote the InfraGard Program. More »
Rish Wood, Southeast Business Development Manager
Rish Wood brings more than 35 years of management, marketing, advertising, telecommunications, broadcasting and public relations experience to Catalyst. More »


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