MEET BLACKSTONE FEDERAL

ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

Blackstone Federal has bridged the gap between the valley and the beltway to create a company unlike any other. Our customers know exactly what to expect from the moment we engage—Blackstone’s mission experience, brain trust, and driven experts are activated to support your team.

We don’t hide behind layers of management and bureaucratic approval chains like some of the “big-box” Beltway consulting firms. In contrast, we are a united flexible team—deeply knowledgeable in the areas of expertise needed for mission delivery.

BLACKSTONE’S FEARLESS LEADERS

Giles Kesteloot

President

Giles Kesteloot is our fearless leader and the President of Blackstone Federal. He is responsible for setting strategic vision, building leaders, and empowering high performing teams. Giles is passionate about culture, community, and is committed to bridging the gap between the Beltway and the Valley to create a company unlike any in DC.

Greg Adams

Vice President for Strategic Capture

Greg Adams is an astute advisor and Blackstone Federal’s Vice president for Strategic Capture. Greg has been with Blackstone 14 years, spurring business growth through entrepreneurial instincts and a steadfast focus on delivering optimal value to the customer. Over his 20 year career, he has held a variety of leadership roles driving major transformation initiatives for federal, state, and commercial organizations. He has also played a key role in the maturity of the federal practice, overseeing account management, solution development, and business development activities during his time with Blackstone.

Keith McCloskey

Chief Technology Officer

As Blackstone Federal’s CTO, Keith McCloskey is both the resident tech guru and cultural leader to our Forge, Impact and Studios practice areas. Keith has more than 15 years’ operating as a trusted advisor and thought leader for federal and private C-suite executives, helping them lead lasting change in their organizations. His broad experience across defense, homeland security, financial, service provider and integrator markets, combined with his deep technical expertise in Cloud, Enterprise Systems, Networks, Data and Application Services, Cybersecurity, and DevSecOps, helps our teams drive transformation for our Federal customers.

Chris Drew

Senior Delivery Director

Chris Drew serves as an experienced convoy through the IT federal space, and as Blackstone Federal’s Senior Delivery Director. Chris is an IT business polyglot, speaking the language of IT program and project management, solutions, contracting, accounting, and more. Chris has over 10 years of experience in federal consulting and 13 years of experience in project management. As a proven leader, Chris uses a mix of methodologies and concepts to increase team output and deliver value through visibility and collaboration.

Chris Stemen

Chief Strategist

Chris Stemen is our Chief Strategist. Chris has 20 years of experience guiding organizations of all sizes, private and federal, helping them kick-start their Digital and Agile transformations confidently with advanced methods and a technological edge. Chris brings over 20 years of technology and transformation experience to Blackstone and is instrumental in leading the company’s transformation successes.

Elise Walker

Director of Engineering

Elise Walker is Blackstone’s Director of Engineering. In support of the Department of Homeland Security, she is passionate about driving the use of automation, modular architectures, cloud, and modern security practices. As Blackstone’s Forge Lead, Elise’s focus is on enabling engineering teams to build operationally ready solutions through innovative engineering and development practices.

Melissa Scanlan

Portfolio Director

Melissa Scanlan is a Portfolio Director at Blackstone Federal, leading several contracts to drive IT innovation; streamline enterprise processes; and implement Agile, DevSecOps, and sustems of systems. Melissa has more than 10 years of project management experience with a background in policy analysis, process re-engineering, and change management. She has worked within international organizations and across the federal space and private sector. She is passionate about driving delivery through customer engagement and identifying and pushing toward common goals.

Charise Arellano

Portfolio Director

Charise Arellano is a Portfolio Director at Blackstone Federal and embodies the spirit of a servant leader. Leveraging her background in Lean Six Sigma and Agile methodologies, Charise works side by side with customers and teams to solve operational and product delivery challenges with sustainable and effective solutions. Through more than 12 years as a consultant across the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense, Charise has developed a keen understanding of the unique federal landscape we work in and applies that knowledge to drive positive outcomes tailored to each customer’s business and technical needs.

Chris Zeek

Portfolio Director

Chris Zeek is a Portfolio Director at Blackstone Federal with a strong focus on building connections across diverse teams and customer organizations. With more than 10 years of experience leading process improvement and IT system integration efforts for U.S. Federal and commercial clients, he has a strong track record of successful delivery management. He is energized by helping customers and teams solve complex challenges and promoting efficiencies across government.

Stevie Knutson

Director of Capture and Delivery Operations

Stevie Knutson is Blackstone Federal’s Director of Capture and Delivery Operations. Reinforcing Blackstone’s commitment to holistic delivery and cross-collaboration, Stevie uses her knack for organization and 8 years of full lifecycle project experience to support many of Blackstone’s internal business functions from capture through project closeout. Her experience ranges from the management of Customs and Border Protection communication tower projects to the strategy and creation of Proposals for the Department of Homeland Security’s innovative IT and Cloud initiatives.

BLACKSTONE’S FEARLESS LEADERS

Giles Kesteloot, President

Giles Kesteloot is our fearless leader and the President of Blackstone Federal. He is responsible for setting strategic vision, building leaders, and empowering high performing teams. Giles is passionate about culture, community, and is committed to bridging the gap between the Beltway and the Valley to create a company unlike any in DC.

Greg Adams, Vice President for Strategic Capture

Greg Adams is an astute advisor and Blackstone Federal’s Vice president for Strategic Capture. Greg has been with Blackstone 14 years, spurring business growth through entrepreneurial instincts and a steadfast focus on delivering optimal value to the customer. Over his 20 year career, he has held a variety of leadership roles driving major transformation initiatives for federal, state, and commercial organizations. He has also played a key role in the maturity of the federal practice, overseeing account management, solution development, and business development activities during his time with Blackstone.

Keith McCloskey, Chief Technology Officer

As Blackstone Federal’s CTO, Keith McCloskey is both the resident tech guru and cultural leader to our Forge, Impact and Studios practice areas. Keith has more than 15 years’ operating as a trusted advisor and thought leader for federal and private C-suite executives, helping them lead lasting change in their organizations. His broad experience across defense, homeland security, financial, service provider and integrator markets, combined with his deep technical expertise in Cloud, Enterprise Systems, Networks, Data and Application Services, Cybersecurity, and DevSecOps, helps our teams drive transformation for our Federal customers.

Chris Drew, Senior Delivery Director

Chris Drew serves as an experienced convoy through the IT federal space, and as Blackstone Federal’s Senior Delivery Director. Chris is an IT business polyglot, speaking the language of IT program and project management, solutions, contracting, accounting, and more. Chris has over 10 years of experience in federal consulting and 13 years of experience in project management. As a proven leader, Chris uses a mix of methodologies and concepts to increase team output and deliver value through visibility and collaboration.

Chris Stemen, Chief Strategist

Chris Stemen is our Chief Strategist. Chris has 20 years of experience guiding organizations of all sizes, private and federal, helping them kick-start their Digital and Agile transformations confidently with advanced methods and a technological edge. Chris brings over 20 years of technology and transformation experience to Blackstone and is instrumental in leading the company’s transformation successes.

Elise Walker, Director of Engineering

Elise Walker is Blackstone’s Director of Engineering. In support of the Department of Homeland Security, she is passionate about driving the use of automation, modular architectures, cloud, and modern security practices. As Blackstone’s Forge Lead, Elise’s focus is on enabling engineering teams to build operationally ready solutions through innovative engineering and development practices.

Melissa Scanlan, Portfolio Director

Melissa Scanlan is a Portfolio Director at Blackstone Federal, leading several contracts to drive IT innovation; streamline enterprise processes; and implement Agile, DevSecOps, and sustems of systems. Melissa has more than 10 years of project management experience with a background in policy analysis, process re-engineering, and change management. She has worked within international organizations and across the federal space and private sector. She is passionate about driving delivery through customer engagement and identifying and pushing toward common goals.

Charise Arellano, Portfolio Director

Charise Arellano is a Portfolio Director at Blackstone Federal and embodies the spirit of a servant leader. Leveraging her background in Lean Six Sigma and Agile methodologies, Charise works side by side with customers and teams to solve operational and product delivery challenges with sustainable and effective solutions. Through more than 12 years as a consultant across the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense, Charise has developed a keen understanding of the unique federal landscape we work in and applies that knowledge to drive positive outcomes tailored to each customer’s business and technical needs.

Chris Zeek, Portfolio Director

Chris Zeek is a Portfolio Director at Blackstone Federal with a strong focus on building connections across diverse teams and customer organizations. With more than 10 years of experience leading process improvement and IT system integration efforts for U.S. Federal and commercial clients, he has a strong track record of successful delivery management. He is energized by helping customers and teams solve complex challenges and promoting efficiencies across government.

Stevie Knutson, Director of Capture and Delivery Operations

Stevie Knutson is Blackstone Federal’s Director of Capture and Delivery Operations. Reinforcing Blackstone’s commitment to holistic delivery and cross-collaboration, Stevie uses her knack for organization and 8 years of full lifecycle project experience to support many of Blackstone’s internal business functions from capture through project closeout. Her experience ranges from the management of Customs and Border Protection communication tower projects to the strategy and creation of Proposals for the Department of Homeland Security’s innovative IT and Cloud initiatives.

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BLACKSTONE FEDERAL
1110 N Glebe Rd. #200
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