Andrew Vernon – Director

Andrew Vernon is a service-focused advocate and senior leader with more than 15 years’ of experience in healthcare policy and management. He has worked as a legislative consultant and in healthcare leadership roles within the public and private sector. Andrew is a Veteran of the U.S. Army. He currently serves as Futurist/Subject Matter Expert supporting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Chief Strategy Office.

Prior to supporting the Chief Strategy Office, Andrew held a number of influential roles, such as Presidential Appointee to the Selective Service System Board. At Booz Allen Hamilton, Andrew was the Lead Legislative Analyst supporting the U.S. Department of Defense at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Additionally, Andrew was instrumental in developing the Transition Assistance Program for the Veterans Benefits Administration. Before that, Andrew was a federal employee at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for eight years.

Inspired by his own military service, Andrew founded and is now Chief Executive Officer of Military Veterans of America. The nonprofit focuses on serving Veterans in the areas of Academic Advisement and Healthcare Advocacy. In addition, Andrew’s nonprofit work involves regular engagement with leaders on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill, the White House, and in communities across the nation. Andrew is also one of 160 individuals from across the nation who have been invited to attend the 2022 National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, a Master of Education degree from the University of Maine, and a Master of Health Administration degree in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University. He is certified in Project Management and Telehealth Management. Andrew completed Executive Education at the Columbia University Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy in 2020.

  • Awards

    Powell Strategies received the 2021 HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award for our commitment to hiring veterans and military spouses. This award signals our commitment to helping veterans reach their employment potential. This marks the second year in a row Powell Strategies has earned the Gold Medallion Award.

  • Awards

    On December 07, 2020, Powell Strategies is pleased to announce it has been named on the prestigious 4th annual Vet100 list - honoring the fastest growing veteran-owned and operated businesses from the annual Inc. 5000 list! The ranking, created in partnership with Inc. magazine and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), was born out of the iconic Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.

  • Awards

    Powell Strategies was recently honored by the 2020 AVA Digital Awards, receiving the platinum award in the Digital Marketing, Social Campaign category for our work supporting the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. We were also honored at the 2019 MarCom awards with a platinum award in the Print Media category, a gold award in the Video/Audio category, and three honorable mentions.

  • VIP

    The first program of its kind in the nation, the Veteran Institute for Procurement is conducted by professional subject-matter specialists in the essentials necessary to win government contracts: law, accounting, insurance, human resources, marketing and proposals. It also provides participants with access to Federal and prime contracting executives along with a national network of veteran owned small businesses that they can team with on opportunities.

  • Goldman Sachs

    Powell Strategies Principal John Williams was among 137 entrepreneurs from 34 states, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico who graduated from the Babson Cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a national program created to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital, and business support services. The small businesses in this group represent a total of $240M in revenues and over 3,000 jobs from a broad range of industries.

  • Military Spouse Employment Partnership

    MSEP is part of DoD's broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) initiative, seeking to strengthen the education and career opportunities of military spouses by providing career exploration opportunities to help them understand their skills, interests, and goals; education and training to help them identify academic, licensing, or credentialing requirements that can help them reach their career goals; and employment connections that help them find and maintain a rewarding career.