Gary R. Nelson, PhD

Chairman, Sigma Federal, LLC

Gary Nelson

Gary R. Nelson is Chairman of Sigma Federal, LLC. Formerly the Vice Chairman of SRA International, he has over 30 years of experience in the federal services business as a line manager, senior executive, and industry consultant. As a principal of the company and head of marketing and sales, he led SRA from a position as a policy analysis boutique to a major player in the IT and professional services market segment, growing from $2 million to over $300 million in revenues during his tenure.

Prior to SRA, Dr. Nelson served in government as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense – responsible for program analysis in defense manpower, reserve affairs, and logistics – and as Associate Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, where he was responsible for the operations of the Civil Service Retirement System, covering one million annuitants, and the federal health and life insurance programs, covering nine million active and retired civil servants and their families. Dr. Nelson also served as Principal Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in its first two years of operation.

He was also an economist at The RAND Corporation and the Institute for Defense Analyses, conducting research on national security issues. He is the author of more than two dozen articles, reports, and chapters of books on national defense, military manpower, and urban transportation.

For the past four years, Dr. Nelson has been a strategic advisor to more than a dozen companies on federal market strategies involving growth, management, and mergers and acquisitions. He has served as member of the Board of Directors of SRA (Vice Chairman), SRA Europe, Plexus Scientific Corporation, and the Information Technology Association of America. He also served as a member of the Army Science Board.

Dr. Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Duke University as a National Merit Scholar and a PhD in economics from Rice University, where he was awarded a Ford Foundation fellowship. He is a recipient of the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

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