Our Management Team
Wittenberg Weiner Consulting, LLC (WWC) has grown significantly since our founding in 2004, but we still rely on a very engaged senior management team that maintains direct links with our clients and our employees. Our flat management structure allows WWC to respond quickly to changing situations. As a client working with WWC, you experience the benefits of contracting with a small business, along with the quality staffing and compliance reassurance that comes with a well-established contracting firm.
Lauren G. Weiner, Ph.D. | President
Lauren G. Weiner is WWC's President and founder. She has significant experience in government management, both as a federal employee and a government contractor. Lauren worked at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President. Under two different Presidential administrations, she oversaw policy development and implementation for multiple Federal agencies, including the Departments of Education, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and the President's Faith-Based Initiative. She was an integral part of the Performance Evaluation Team at OMB, which developed the Performance Assessment Rating Tool (PART) that was used in performance rating and budget decision-making across the Executive Branch. She has a strong expertise in evaluation and measurement, including qualitative and quantitative research and analysis. Lauren has a Ph.D. in Research Psychology from Dartmouth College, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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Donna S. Huneycutt | Executive Vice-President
Donna S. Huneycutt is WWC's Executive Vice President. Donna is an attorney admitted to practice law in New York. Prior to joining WWC, Donna practiced business immigration law with Chin & Curtis, LLP in Boston, representing FleetBoston Financial and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Donna practiced corporate law in New York, focusing on private placements, start-ups and structured finance, with Dewey Ballantine, LLP and Friedman Kaplan Seiler and Adelman, LLP. Her clients included GE Capital and Oxygen Media. Donna holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in English and History. Donna earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Columbia Human Rights Intern.
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Heidi A. Snell | Chief of Staff & Director
Heidi Snell is the Chief of Staff and Director of WWC's OCONUS Practice. Before taking on these roles, Heidi served as our Performance Management Program Manager under contract to Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia, leading our worldwide program. Prior to joining WWC, Heidi was an Internal Business Consultant in Human Resources for nonprofit organizations and the private sector, focusing on executive performance management, organizational development and employee relations. Heidi obtained a dual M.A. in International Relations and Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma and holds a B.A. in International Business from Western Washington University. Heidi is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and has completed a graduate certificate program at University of Washington in Strategic Human Resources Management.
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Joe Osborne (US Army COL Retired) | Director
Joe Osborne is the Director of WWC's Defense Practice in CONUS. Joe is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army as a career Special Forces Officer. He has extensive Joint experience with multiple tours in Theater and National level Special Operations Headquarters. His most recent assignment was as the Director of Operations (J3) for Special Operations Command, Central Command (SOCCENT). Additionally, he served as the Director of the Irregular Warfare Directorate and Chief of Global Synchronization at United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). He has extensive operational experience with multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and is a subject matter expert on unconventional and irregular warfare. Joe holds an M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University.
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Melissa Copp | Director
Melissa Copp has senior-level management and defense consulting experience, working for Booz Allen Hamilton with a range of offices within the Department of Defense. While working on projects with the United States Navy and the Defense Intelligence Agency, Melissa worked on long-term military strategy and policy development, military capabilities analysis and planning, change management, and workforce analytics. Melissa has also facilitated interagency coordination with the National Security Council, the Department of State, the Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Simultaneously as project manager, Melissa was focused on contract development and management, human resource oversight, financial accountability, tracking of project objectives and forecasting requirements, and reporting. She has over nine years of significant experience managing complex projects in demanding work environments. Melissa is responsible for contract management, business development, and employee relations. Melissa holds an MA in International Relations focusing on South East Asian studies from Georgetown University, and a BA in International Relations in Middle Eastern studies from Lehigh University. Melissa spent a semester at American University focusing on peace and conflict resolution in the Middle East.
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Jenna Ben-Yehuda | Director
Jenna Ben-Yehuda is a seasoned national security professional with 12 years of experience at the State Department, where she completed her service in February 2013 as the Senior Military Advisor to the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Jenna has served in a variety of policy, intelligence, communications, Congressional, and programmatic roles and has regional expertise in Latin America and the Caribbean and North Africa. Jenna developed programming for Secretary of State Clinton and accompanied her on foreign travel and led intelligence briefings for and traveled with Secretary Powell. She has written for President Obama and four Secretaries of State (Albright-Clinton) and represented the State Department in numerous interagency settings, including at the National Security Staff. Her previous assignments include serving as Senior Democracy Officer in the Office of Policy, Planning, and Coordination in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Intelligence Analyst for Haiti, Central America, Canada, and the Western Caribbean where she authored Presidential Daily Brief articles in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research; and Case Manager for the Western Hemisphere and Western and North Africa in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Children's Issues.Abduction Unit. She has served in the political sections of U.S. embassies in Panama and the Dominican Republic. A fluent Spanish speaker, Jenna holds a BA in International Affairs and Spanish Literature from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University; an MS in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces(Eisenhower School); and an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University. She is the recipient of five State Department Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards and is a frequent lecturer on U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere.
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