Leadership

Russell Marcus

Chief Executive Officer

Russell brings a wealth of private and public sector knowledge and experience to clients of Marcman Solutions. Prior to taking the helm at the company, Russell was a partner and transactional counsel with a national law firm, where he oversaw complex business transactions. He previously served as chief of business development for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

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In that role, Russell assisted the Governor of Florida in the advancement of the state’s economic development by administering state and federal programs for local businesses and communities.
He also served as president and executive director of Florida Opportunity Fund, Inc., a state-created entity that provides venture capital to emerging Florida companies in the early-stage finance ecosystem.

Russell holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School and Bachelor of Science degrees in both Finance and Political Science and Economics from Florida State University. Russell and his wife, along with their daughter, reside in South Florida.

Peter Boutan

President, IT and Cybersecurity

Peter has served at the highest levels of leadership in cybersecurity and technology in both private and government sectors. He has over 20 years’ of experience in technical Integration, IT Solutions Architecting, Data Center Design, Cybersecurity, and IT Operations on an assortment of DoD Programs.

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In the US Air Force, he served in multiple roles supporting the intelligence and combat operations communities, including several deployments to the Middle East. Peter played an integral role in the design and development of the Predator UAV Operations Centers supporting Combatant commanders and the ISR communities in preparation for and continued support of air and ground operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other theaters of operation.

Following his service, Peter served as Deputy Country Lead at Leidos, supporting the US Office of Military Cooperation – Kuwait and the US Army Central Intelligence Directorate in Kuwait.

As a Defense industry contractor, his roles have ranged from System Administrator, Project Manager, Deputy Country Manager, Service Strategy and Design Lead, Solutions Architect, and Deputy Program Manager.

Peter’s experience includes serving as a senior system administrator for GDIT in Baghdad. He also served as a technical lead and senior system administrator for SANs and the virtual infrastructure team supporting US SOUTHCOM Headquarters. Please was also the Senior IT Program Manager to the Department of Defense, managing operations, planning, and projects for an Enterprise Information Technology Services Support Contract program including End User Services, IT Infrastructure Computing Services, Data and Information Management, Business Application Development, DevOps, Cyber Security, and High-Performance Computing.

Gen. John Allen, USMC (Ret.)

Senior Advisor

John R. Allen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and United States Forces in Afghanistan, a 50-nation international coalition, and a force which at its peak numbered nearly 150,000 troops. Immediately following his retirement from the military, Allen served as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense on Middle East Security, and in that role, led the security dialogue with Israel and the Palestinian Authority for 15 months within the Middle East peace process.  At the request of President Obama, Allen subsequently served as Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, growing the international coalition to 65 members in the face of the onslaught of the so-called Islamic State, effectively halting its advance on Baghdad.  In these roles, he constantly interacted with heads of state and governments from around the world.

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Allen commanded the NATO International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013. As such, he was the first Marine Corps general officer to command a theater of war. Allen’s extensive contingency and combat operations include the Caribbean in 1994, the Balkans from 1995 to 1996, Iraq from 2007 to 2008, and Afghanistan from 2011 to 2013.  In Iraq, he participated in intense combat operations in the Al Anbar province where he was one of the principal actors supporting the emergence of the “Sahawa al Anbar” or tribal “Awakening” movement that helped defeat Al Qaeda. From 2008 to 2011 he served as the Deputy Commander and briefly as Commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), the combatant command charged with the strategic responsibility for Central Asia and the Middle East.

As a general officer, Allen served as the principal director of Asia-Pacific policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he held for nearly three years. In this assignment, he was involved extensively on policy initiatives involving Mongolia, China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. He was also involved in the Six Party Talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He played a major role in organizing the initial relief effort in the aftermath of the devastating South Asian tsunami from 2004 to 2005.

John Allen is a Strategic Advisor to the Microsoft Corporation and is a member of the Microsoft Advisory Council, as well as the Microsoft Technology and National Security Advisory Council.  He is a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was appointed by President Biden to be a member of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Board of Visitors. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval Academy, and was the first Marine Corps officer to serve as Commandant of Midshipmen at Annapolis. General Allen was President of The Brookings Institution from 2017 to 2022.

He is the co-author of the book Turning Point: Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence alongside Dr. Darrell M. West (Brookings Press, 2020). He is also the co-author of Future War and the Defense of Europe alongside LTG (Ret.) Frederick “Ben” Hodges and Professor Dr. Julian Lindley French (Oxford University Press, 2021).  Future War has been translated into German, Romanian, and, most recently, Ukrainian.  He is one of the originators of the term “hyperwar”.  As a co-inventor, Allen shares five AI related patents.

General Allen is a 2015 co-recipient of the Business Executive for National Security (BENS) Eisenhower Award.  He is also a 2016 co-recipient of the Scholar-Statesman Award from The Washington Institute.

He is the recipient of multiple US military and civilian agency personal and military awards.  He has received campaign medals for his service in Bosnia, Iraq, Korea, and Afghanistan, and has received ten international military awards and decorations, including the French Legion d’Honneur, the Order of Italian Republic, the Order of the Republic of Poland, the Order of Australia, and the Order of the Resplendent Banner with Special Cravat from the Republic of China (Taiwan).

General Allen graduated with military honors from the Naval Academy with the class of 1976, receiving a bachelor of science degree in operations analysis. He is a 1998 distinguished graduate of the National War College. General Allen also holds a master of arts degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, a master of science degree in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and a master of science degree in national security strategy from the National War College.

Lt. Gen. Mary O’Brien, USAF (Ret.)

Senior Advisor

Mary O’Brien is a retired U.S. Air Force three-star general and former Director of Command, Control, Communications, and Computer/Cyber (C4) and Chief Information Officer, J6, on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. In this role, General O’Brien led the development of C4 capabilities essential for the United States’ defense and strategic operations. Her role involved providing critical guidance on Joint and Combined Force command and control issues, and evaluating requirements, plans, programs, and strategies for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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General O’Brien held command positions at every level–squadron, group, wing, and numbered air force. As the 25th Air Force commander, she led 30,000 people at more than 65 locations around the globe conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for every combatant commander. They also developed and integrated multiple new technologies to expand collection and analysis capabilities.

O’Brien was a leader in the pivotal shift toward modern warfare reliance on technology and she was at the forefront of employing emerging technologies. She was an early advocate for networked weapons systems and new types of intelligence sensors, which improve the speed, precision, and lethality of military operations and allow for coordinated attacks and enhanced situational awareness through real-time data sharing among dispersed units. Her focus on integrating cutting-edge technologies into operations led to better decision-making and increased mission success.

General O’Brien’s innovative approach to integrating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), networked weapons, and new types of intelligence sensors significantly advanced the strategic and operational capabilities of the U.S. military. By championing the use of UAVs since 1994, she enabled more efficient and safer reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition, minimizing risks to personnel and extending the reach of intelligence capabilities.

Through her innovative employment of emerging technologies, General O’Brien demonstrated a profound understanding of the strategic advantages these tools offer. Her dedication to modernizing the U.S. military’s capabilities ensures that it remains capable of facing current and future challenges with confidence and agility.

General O’Brien graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She also received a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from The George Washington University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Air War College.

Lt. Gen. Lori Reynolds, USMC (Ret.)

Senior Advisor

Lori Reynolds is a retired U.S. Marine Corps three-star general and former Deputy Commandant for Information. In this role, General Reynolds was responsible for building capabilities and talent across the information technology, cyberspace, space, intelligence, technology and influence areas. She also served as the Commander, Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command from 2015 to 2018, where she led efforts to integrate cyber operations into U.S. Marine Corps and joint operations. General Reynolds also served as Deputy Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer for the Marine Corps, Director of Cyber Security, and Director of Intelligence.

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During her career, General Reynolds commanded Marines at every rank, including command of formations in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a General Officer, she commanded the Marine Corps iconic recruit depot at Parris Island, South Carolina, where she was responsible for recruiting and training 20,000 new Marines per year. She subsequently commanded Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, where she completed the build of the Marine Corps’ newest warfighting component and was responsible for the Marine Corps first-ever cyber effects operations in support of the Joint Force.

In her time as the Deputy Commandant for Information, General Reynolds was responsible for all IT, intelligence, cyberspace, space, and influence personnel and capability development for the Marine Corps. She led the team that created the Marine Corps’ newest warfighting function of Information, acknowledging the growing importance of the fight for secure information and data. She built the cyberspace occupational field for the Marine Corps and initiated the creation of a new Marine component for the US Space Command.

Reynolds served as the senior woman in the Marine Corps for eight years and is an expert in team building, leading diverse teams, managing complexity, risk and talent management, and organizational change management. In her last six years in the Marine Corps, she was a Marine Corps Corporate Board member responsible for collaboratively planning $50 billion annually to support USMC missions and capability development globally.

General Reynolds currently serves on the Board of Directors of the U. S. Bancorp, the Board of Trustees of the American Public University System, the Board of Trustees of the Naval Academy Athletic & Scholarship Program, the Board of Visitors of the Marine Corps University. She also serves as the Department of the Navy CIO USMC Information Chair of the Naval Postgraduate School and is a Visiting Professor of the Practice at Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS).

General Reynolds graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in political science. She also received Master of Science degrees from Navy War College and Army War College.

Amb. Carlos Trujillo (Ret.)

Senior Advisor

Carlos Trujillo is the former Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS). In 2017, former President Donald J. Trump appointed Ambassador Trujillo to serve as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS and he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Trujillo led the Mission of OAS, which is the oldest regional international organization in the world, and served as the Chair of the Permanent Council, Budget Committee and the Economic Development Committee.

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Before his appointment at the OAS, President Trump appointed Trujillo to serve as a Representative of the United States to the 72 nd General Assembly of the United Nations under former Ambassador Nikki Haley. In 2020, he was nominated by former President Donald J. Trump to serve as the Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere at the U.S. Department of State.

Prior to his work in Washington, Ambassador Trujillo was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served in various capacities, including as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which required him to appropriate and oversee an $83.5 billion dollar budget. Additionally, Ambassador Trujillo served as Chair of the Economic Development Subcommittee, and Chair of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

Ambassador Trujillo is also the President of Continental Strategy, founder and President of Demand Democracy Now, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida International University. He previously served as a Board Member of the Public Health Trust of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida from 2015 to 2016 and was a member of the Electoral College in 2016.

Trujillo earned a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration from Spring Hill College and a Juris Doctor from The Florida State University College of Law.

Vice Adm. Timothy (TJ) White, Navy (Ret.)

Senior Advisor

Timothy (TJ) White is a retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and former Commander of the United States Fleet Cyber Command/United States Tenth Fleet/United States Navy Space Command, which is responsible for the Navy’s information network operations, offensive and defensive cyber operations, space operations and signals intelligence. In this role, Admiral White led 16,000 active and reserve sailors and civilians organized into 27 active commands, 40 Cyber Mission Force units, and 27 reserve commands around the world.

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Admiral White also previously served as Commander of the United States Cyber National Mission Force/USCYBERCOM, which is the U.S. military’s joint cyber force based in Fort Meade, Maryland charged with defending the Nation in cyberspace through full-spectrum operations to deter, disrupt, and, if necessary, defeat adversary cyber and malign influence actors.

A former CINCPACFLT Shiphandler-of-the-Year, White was originally a surface warfare officer serving aboard USS Missouri (BB-63) as electronic warfare officer, combat information center officer, and assistant operations officer. He was selected for re-designation as a cryptologist, now cryptologic warfare officer, in 1992 and was assigned to the Operations Directorate at the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland.

His operational fleet tours include assignments as assistant cryptologist, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet in Manama, Bahrain, and assistant chief of staff for Information Operations, N39, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet embarked aboard USS Blue Ridge, home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan.

White has served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as the Joint Military Intelligence Program and Tactical Intelligence and Related Activities (now Military Intelligence Program) program resources director, as the deputy director of intelligence and chief of staff, Joint Functional Component Command–Network Warfare, U.S. Strategic Command, and as the director, Commander’s Action Group at U.S. Cyber Command. He is a former Director of Intelligence for United States Indo-Pacific Command and has served globally in various combat zones and conflict areas supporting competition dynamics.

Admiral White graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also earned a Master of Science in Systems Technology (Command, Control and Communications) from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University–Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is also a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI fellow.

Oscar Gonzales

Senior Advisor

Oscar brings almost two decades of senior leadership experience in the public and private sectors. Most recently, Oscar Gonzales was appointed by President Biden to serve as Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he oversaw procurement, human resources, real property, homeland security, the Office of Small Business, security and operations. Oscar also managed senior executive service, labor-management relations, intergovernmental affairs, farm lending, civil rights, Latino outreach, immigration, and assisted with congressional relations.

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Previously, Oscar served in the Obama Administration in several senior positions with USDA, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, and Senior Advisor on Immigration to Secretary Tom Vilsack. He also served as the California State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), where he oversaw FSA programs across California, the nation’s largest agricultural producing state. Oscar also held senior roles in California under Governor Gray Davis, Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa, and Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero.

Oscar’s experience also includes serving as Vice President for Government Relations, Western States, for Goldman Sachs and Vice President for Government Relations at Aura Financial. Prior to serving in government, Oscar worked with various nonprofit organizations, including the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Building Up Los Angeles, the Corporation for National Service, California Community College Foundation, National Hispanic Environmental Council, East Los Angeles Residents Association, and the UFW Foundation.

Daniel Faraci

Managing Director, U.S. Federal and Europe

Daniel Faraci began his career consulting for and managing state and federal political campaigns across the U.S. He then served as an Intelligence Specialist at the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in operations and investigations for the Counterterrorism Directorate.

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Today, Daniel Faraci serves as the CEO of Grassroots Political Consulting LLC, which was credited on the list of top lobbyists of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 from The Hill. Daniel also consults for federal campaigns, grassroots coalitions-based advocacy projects and is a registered lobbyist on Capitol Hill and in the European Parliament and Commission.

Daniel is a frequent public speaker, serves as Board President of the Trans-Atlantic Parliamentary Group (https://taparliament.com) and serves on the Board of EUROCSE (European Centre for the Study of Extremism, Cambridge, UK) and the Political Festival of Europe in Denmark.

Daniel holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, both from Baylor University.

Sam Jammal

Managing Director, Energy Solutions

Sam is an experienced clean energy executive and a national expert on the clean energy and EV markets. He has held senior roles leading teams in the private sector and in the Federal government. Sam most recently led strategy, growth initiatives and new market development at Mosaic, a leading clean energy financing company. Prior to this, Sam held leadership positions at SolarCity and Tesla. He previously served as a Chief of Staff in the United States House of Representatives and as a Special Assistant to the Undersecretary at the United States Department of Commerce.

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Sam holds a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Southern California.

Stanley Kilman

Managing Director, Emergency Recovery

Stanley Kilman brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in FEMA Individual and Public Assistance programs. Prior to joining Marcman Solutions, Stanley held numerous positions during his fifteen years at FEMA, including working in Public Assistance as Program Delivery Manager Task Force Lead, Site Inspector, Project Specialist, Public Assistance Crew Leader, and Public Assistance Closeout Specialist. These roles included overseeing Public Assistance projects in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas. His project experience includes debris removal/disposal, waterway/flood control repairs, piers rebuilding, road repair, beach replacement/re-nourishment, repair of both internal and external building components, and development of alternative/improved projects.

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In addition, Stanley served in the FEMA Florida Recovery Office as a Deputy Director of the Individual Assistance Program.

Stanley holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Biology, both from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Chris Pettit

Managing Director, Environmental and Water

Christopher Pettit is a nationally-recognized water and environmental expert. Christopher has significant experience overseeing policy development, grant and cost share programs, program and project management, contractual negotiations, and data management. Previously, Christopher served as the Executive Director of the Washington State Water Conservation Commission and the Director of the Office of Agricultural Water Policy at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Christopher’s experience also includes senior-level positions with Palm Beach County, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, and the South Florida Water Management District.

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In these roles, Christopher had programmatic oversight of Everglades Restoration projects and contracts, regulatory development and compliance, the development and implementation of statewide conservation programs, water and wastewater projects and programs, and local government environmental and solid waste endeavors.

Christopher holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, an L.L.M. in International and Environmental Law from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Bachelor of Arts in Political History and Economics from the New College of Florida.

James Ward

Managing Director, Data Services

James Ward is a data strategy, privacy, and compliance consultant, currently based at the University of Oxford Internet Institute. He advises clients on how to create and market valuable data products, how to manage complex privacy and data protection requirements (e.g., GDPR, HIPAA, and CCPA), and how to meet complex cybersecurity requirements. He designs innovative solutions to data-based problems, establishes robust privacy programs, and leads teams to create new data products generating millions of dollars of revenue per year.

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James is the chief data strategist and privacy officer for a number of publicly-traded companies. He is also the author of “Data Leverage: Unlocking the Surprising Growth Potential of Data Partnerships,” a bestselling book on data partnerships, privacy, and data strategy, and is frequently interviewed in publications around the world on privacy matters, such as the Guardian, the BBC, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. James is a certified Fellow in Information Privacy and holds certifications in European and United States data security and privacy law.

James is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and Northwestern University.

Ron Bilbao

Director, External Affairs

Ron Bilbao is Vice President for Latin America at Marcman Solutions, bringing over fifteen years of experience as a trusted advisor to CEOs, business executives and political leaders throughout the Americas.

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Ron’s expertise extends from managing large interdisciplinary teams to leading global public affairs efforts for a billion-dollar parking and logistics company, where he played a key role in spearheading expansion efforts in Latin America. Ron’s ability to navigate diverse and complex political environments have contributed to his success in providing counsel to top-level decision-makers throughout the region. He has collaborated with business and political leaders across Latin America, working with technology companies, real estate developers, wineries and soccer teams.

Ron was named one of Miami’s “Leaders of the Future” by Latino Leaders Magazine. He was admitted to Harvard Kennedy School’s program for senior executives in government alongside elected leaders from across the globe. Ron is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an avid runner and triathlete currently residing in Miami Beach.

Jonathan Kilman

Executive Chairman

Jonathan Kilman is the co-founder of Marcman Solutions. In his role as Executive Chairman, he helps set the strategic vision for the company and builds the roster of talent necessary to take on the complex problems at the heart of the company’s mission.

Jonathan previously co-founded Converge Public Strategies, a national public affairs firm that solves government-centric problems for hundreds of clients across North America. He is also a General Partner in venture capital firm Govo Venture Partners.

Jonathan has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.