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Pamela Stevens

CAREER PROFILE

Pam Stevens is a senior public administration and policy professional in the field of federal contracts and grants, especially those awarded by USAID. With over twenty years of experience in the analysis and implementation of federal contract and grant regulations, she is frequently sought out by U.S. and foreign organizations to build capacity, aiding them in the development of management systems and internal policies. Pam is a champion of systems that streamline organizational procedures as well engender strong management of U.S. taxpayer funds. She has managed multi-million dollar portfolios of federal contracts and grants and has implemented process improvement policies for federal agencies and for- and not-for profit companies in the U.S. and around the globe.

EXPERIENCE

October 2002 –  Present      

Independent Consultant, U.S. Foreign Aid Programs, U.S. Government Programs

  • Owns and operates sole proprietorship dedicated to advising U.S. and foreign not-for-profit and for-profit recipients of foreign aid contracts and grants; assisting them to
    • Negotiate and administer federal grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts; creates contract and sub grant templates for organizations
    • Interpret and implement U.S. federal government, agency-specific, and international donor regulations and policies, including Federal Acquisition regulations (FAR), Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR), all OMB regulations, 22CFR226 and 2CFR200
  • Provides support to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Acquisition and Assistance in its cradle-to-grave acquisitions and assistance programs; includes cost analysis of complex and large dollar value Global Health programs. Advises U.S. Department of State/MEPI, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Agriculture) regarding process improvement and administrative and organizational restructuring
  • Guides newly-formed and established organizations through USAID grant and competitive contract processes and procedures (RFAs and RFPs) and grant and contract implementation and administrative issues; writes business and cost proposals, concept papers, and sole source grants; assists in proposal development strategy
  • Develops and delivers client-specific training programs regarding federal regulations, policies and procedures; writes client-specific policies and procedures, including procurement, travel, award management, and Grant under Contract (GUC) policies and procedures
  • Builds management and business capacity of local, in-country charities and NGOs

September  2008 – January 2011

Cloudburst Consulting Group Inc., Landover, MD –  Director, Contracts and Grants

  • Executive-level Manager. Corporate management of matters including small business status, funding issues, and new business development. Other responsibilities included the negotiation, award, and administration of federal contracts and grants for USAID, U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of Labor; trained and supervised contract management staff.
  • Provided advice and counsel to Cloudburst personnel regarding federal law, statute, policy, and regulation, including FAR, OMB, and CFR regulations for various agencies. Advised on business development strategy for RFP and RFA responses.

May 2001 to September. 2002

International Executive Service Corps, Stamford, CT – Senior Advisor, Government and Regulatory Affairs

  • Advised senior management at Headquarters and in-country offices on complex federal regulatory and compliance issues and concerns
  • Performed special projects as requested by Vice President of Finance and Chief Executive Officer as requested. Special projects included: 1) team member for task force to acquire “Geekcorps,” a volunteer based international information technology not for profit; 2) development of in-house federal regulatory and IESC policy training courses; 3) creation and implementation of new organization-wide policies as required by federal regulations; 4) performed organization-wide compliance overview and survey; identified areas for improvement; proposed remedies.

December 1998 to May 2001

International Executive Service Corps, Stamford, CT –  Director, Grants, Contracts, and Compliance Department

  • Negotiated all new federal grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts and corresponding budgets.
  • Developed and delivered federal regulations training sessions; included work assignments in Russia and Jordan.
  • Wrote and implemented organization-wide grant administration and procurement policies; served on task force that developed the new IESC Contract Management System, travel policy, accounting policies, and operations policies; developed contract and subaward templates.
  • Worked with Operations Departments to develop new business opportunities; included work assignment in Lebanon.
  • Managed Department; Trained and supervised three employees (Grants and Contracts Administrator, Operations Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer).

December 1997 to  December 1998

International Executive Service Corps, Stamford, CT –  Compliance Manager

  • Managed multi-million dollar USAID and Department of Defense grant, cooperative agreement, and contract portfolio; Negotiated all budgets, modifications, and new awards with federal Agreement and Contracting Officers.
  • Guided formulation of IESC’s first NICRA with USAID; Negotiated incorporation of IESC’s new NICRA in USAID and Department of Defense awards; included extensive work in Egypt, Botswana, South Africa, and Zambia; received substantial performance award for such work.
  • Negotiated USAID audit findings for an overall cost savings of over $1.3 million to IESC.
  • Served on proposal development team in formulation of competitive and unsolicited proposals.

June 1994 to  December 1997

U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, DC – Contract/Grant Specialist

  • Drafted, negotiated, and managed multi-million dollar technical assistance grants and contracts for areas around the globe; coordinated efforts with foreign missions.
  • Negotiated with CEOs and Senior Managers of major U.S. firms regarding pricing/cost and technical integrity of foreign aid programs
  • Advised technical personnel in Washington DC and abroad on feasibility of projects from a cost standpoint; advised technical personnel of best contract method; monitored reporting of grantee and contractor performance.
  • Guided formulation of statements of work and program descriptions; prepared requests for proposals and assistance (RFPs and RFAs); performed extensive market research; developed pre-negotiation strategies; composed detailed memoranda of negotiation; prepared documentation for award; monitored award for cost control.
  • Received two promotions within two and a half years of hire; received performance award

Education:

January 1996   University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Master of Science, Policy Science (public administration and policy)

Graduated Cum Laude

May 1992        University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Bachelors Degree, English and Spanish

Graduated Cum Laude and with English Departmental Honors

August to December 1990   Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain

Advanced Studies in Spanish 

Languages:    Intermediate Spanish

Volunteer  Activities:

Rotary International (2015 to present)

Volunteer Executive, Cambodia, International Executive Service Corps (July – December 2014)

Vice President, Marblehead Parent Council Organization (2012-2014)

Host family and advocate, Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (2012 to present)