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From Recent College Grad to CPO: It’s a Gov Up..Mash Up!

That’s right! If you haven’t heard about the Gov Up that is taking place tomorrow at Public House in National Harbour, then you’re missing out! The “Rock Your Career” Gov Up, will be a Mash Up of young govies and experienced executives. Holding true to the “melting pot” American spirit, individuals from the private sector, public sector, young and…ehhh hem…experienced will come together to collaborate, innovate and network.

Don’t miss out. Here area a few profiles to showcase the diversity that is sure to be present at tomorrow’s event.


Alan Raisman graduated Lafayette College last May with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in government and law as well as international affairs. While a student in college, Alan was very involved in governmental relations at the local, state, and federal levels.

Alan attended over fifty Easton, Pennsylvania City Council meetings and was very active in civic engagement, where he helped to connect Easton residents with their elected officials.

During his junior and senior years, Alan served as an intern with Pennsylvania State Senators Rob Wonderling and Bob Mensch, where he researched “Brain Drain in Pennsylvania” and wrote newsletter content. Brain Drain refers to the emigration of college students back home, taking with them the skills and knowledge they learned in school.

During the summer of 2009, Alan traveled to Washington D.C. to intern for the International Center of the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Alan served as a Motivational Speaker on three “People to People Leadership Summits,” leadership conferences which bring students from around the world to a U.S. college campus to learn about leadership and the college environment. There, he spoke to over 600 students from 40 countries about relationship building and international understanding; he has traveled to thirty countries since 2000 promoting that same message. Alan is currently actively seeking employment in governmental relations and is interested in both politics and policy.


Nick Nayak has over 24 years of senior private, public and academic leadership experience. He has been a dynamic figure in the field of federal acquisition – helping to professionalize the federal acquisition workforce; implement methods to obtain acquisition savings; and recruit the next generation of acquisition professionals.

Nick served as Deputy Director for IRS Procurement responsible for support to the United States tax collection system. In this capacity, he managed operational procurement enabling IRS to collect nearly $2.7 trillion annually, funding a significant portion of the federal government.

Prior to serving as Deputy Director, Nick served in several high-impact leadership positions, including Director, Strategic Acquisition Initiatives, Deputy Director, Office of Information Technology Acquisition, Assistant to Director, Information Technology Program Management Office, Project Executive for the IRS Commissioner’s Security Readiness Project and Director, Treasury Acquisition Institute (TAI).

Nick has served in virtually every acquisition workforce role in government including program manager, contracting officer, procurement analyst, contracting officer’s technical representative, technical evaluation chair, purchase card approving official and competition advocate, as well as, contracts administrator, cost estimator and proposal writer in the private sector.

Nick has a Ph.D. in Administration and Management, an M.S. in Management and a B.S. in Finance and Economics. He has served as an adjunct professor for several universities and taught over 45 undergraduate and graduate business courses.

Nick’s hobbies include playing tennis, where he has won more than 100 Washington metropolitan area amateur tennis tournaments and was rated as high as 5.0 on the United States Tennis Association’s rating system.


Mr. Greg Rothwell had a 34 year career in the federal acquisition community where he served in ten different agencies including most recently the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Treasury and the Department of Interior where he was responsible for standing up and growing some of the U.S. Government’s largest procurement programs.

Mr. Rothwell formerly served as the first Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of DHS from 2003 until 2006, and was responsible for the DHS nationwide acquisition program overseeing over 900 procurement professionals in eight procurement offices that obligated over $15 billion annually.

Mr. Rothwell’s DHS CPO responsibilities included overseeing the Department’s $20 billion grants program; serving on the DHS Joint Requirements Council, the Investment Review Board, and the Department’s Management Committee; creating and chairing the Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council and the Grants Management Council; creating and establishing the Department’s Office of Procurement Operations and establishing the EAGLE IT procurement program within the Department.

Prior to DHS, Mr. Rothwell served in senior procurement positions from 1990 to 1999 at Department of Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He was the first Assistant Commissioner for Procurement and a senior career executive responsible for procurement of all Agency-Wide Shared Services. He is recognized as one of the champions of the IRS TIPSS IT procurement program and a pioneer in partnering with the private sector.

Mr. Rothwell has also held senior executive positions at the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. He held procurement leadership positions within the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service, the Office of the Secretary and the Bureau of Reclamation. He began his career as a contact negotiator with the Department of Defense (DoD) and worked at both the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and the Army Electronics Command in Philadelphia.

Mr. Rothwell has received many awards during his government career including the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in 2005 and the Rank of Meritorious Executive in both 1994 and 2000, five Commissioner Awards, the highest recognition given at the IRS, four Hammer Awards, and three Federal 100 awards.

Following his career in federal service, Mr. Rothwell founded the Evermay Consulting Group, where he now serves as President. The Evermay Consulting Group helps the private sector effectively and efficiently deliver their solutions to the Department of Homeland Security and other Federal agencies via the government procurement process.

A native of Salina, Kansas, Mr. Rothwell holds bachelor degrees in Economics and Business Administration and English (cum laude) from Marymount College of Kansas and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Denver.


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