John P. Williams – Principal

John Williams started Powell Strategies with two goals in mind – to do great work for organizations with worthwhile missions, and to build a team of quality, goal oriented people. Five years later, Powell Strategies continues to see significant growth, and enjoys the support of a remarkable team of professionals.


In the years before starting Powell Strategies, John spent his first career as a U.S. Marine.  As a civilian, John has taught on the faculty at the U.S. Naval Academy, managed a studies and analysis program in the National Security Analysis Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and was the COO at the Institute for the Study of War.


This diverse set of experiences provided the foundation for Powell Strategies’ success: technical expertise, a dedication to get the job done right, and a flexible and agile approach that creates a positive, customer-focused environment.


John is a certified Project Management Professional®, a graduate of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Veteran Institute for Procurement, and an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Babson College.


John earned his M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and a B.A. in English Literature from the Virginia Military Institute, and completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program.


John P. Williams


Nicole Pearce

Senior Vice President

Will Mahoney

Senior Director

Jennifer Acevedo


Kayla Tooma

Communications Specialist

Michael D. Purzycki


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