Our Team

Steve Jacques – Managing Partner

Steve Jacques is a professional consultant with more than 35 years of specialized experience in National Security Space and Intelligence programs. His unique expertise involves the ability to “horizontally integrate” the critical disciplines of program management, the Administration’s budgetary process, and, particularly, the Congressional Authorization and Appropriation processes. He routinely interacts with the Space / Intelligence leadership throughout the Executive Branch and industry, members of Congress, and with professional staff members on the House and Senate Armed Services, Intelligence, Science, and Appropriations Committees. Steve is a registered lobbyist. (more)

Thomas Spangler – Managing Partner

Tom has 18 years of experience in the defense, aerospace, and intelligence sectors. He began his career as an electrical engineer, designing and installing weapon and engine room automation systems for U.S. Navy ships. After moving into the aerospace sector, Tom served as a systems engineer on three NASA and Department of Defense (DoD) space system programs (FUSE, EO-1, STEREO and a classified mission), where he participated in the design, test, launch, and operations of these satellites in support of NASA GSFC and other agencies. (more)

Ron Contillo – Managing Partner

Ron has 30 years of experience in the aerospace and defense sectors. The majority of this time has been spent directly providing, managing and leading numerous engineering services contracts supporting GSFC, LaRC, JPL, JSC, APL, the Naval Research Laboratory, the Air Force’s Space and Missile Center (SMC) and other DoD agencies. Prior to establishing Pinnacle, he spent seven years with Swales Aerospace/ATK Space Systems and served as Vice President of the Engineering Services Business Unit where he achieved revenues averaging over $75M per year.  During this time he had responsibility for over 200 workers and management oversight for 25+ engineering services contracts ranging from $30-$200M in total contract value. (more)

Teri Spoutz – Vice President

Teri recently retired as a Professional Staff Member from the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. She joined the Subcommittee in 2011 and was slowly assimilated into the political culture of the Senate. Prior to the Subcommittee, she was a member of the Air Force Senior Executive Service, was responsible for the financial management of all Air Force investment appropriations, and as a result of her performance, received the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service – the highest civilian award the Secretary of the Air Force can bestow. (more)

Mike Tierney – Consultant

Mike previously served in the 111th Congress as the Military Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representative Frank Kratovil (MD-1), then a member of the House Armed Services Committee. As the lead legislative advisor to Rep. Kratovil on Defense, Intelligence, and National Security policy, Mike has demonstrated success formulating legislative initiatives and gathering support from relevant constituencies on and off-the-Hill. He was the creative force and legislative liaison behind multiple successful amendments to both the Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 National Defense Authorization Acts. Mike also advised Rep. Kratovil on the appropriations process for Defense, MILCON, CJS, and Financial Services appropriations in both FY2010 and FY2011, including congressionally directed spending requests. (more)

Zachary Keefe- Chief of Staff

Zachary is integral to maintaining smooth day-to-day office operations and keeping everyone on schedule. He joins J&A after serving as the Staff Assistant & Honors Program Coordinator for the Suffolk University College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office (Boston, MA). While at Suffolk he executed a variety of projects including academic curriculum research and analyzing data regarding student trends within the college and the Honors Program. (more)

Fletcher Franklin – Associate

Fletcher is a former Jacques & Associates intern who brings a passion for National Security and Intelligence issues to the team. He conducts market research, analyzes budgetary data, creates internal briefings on a number of topics, and has extensively covered the 2016 elections. (more)

Jessica Harrington – Associate

Jessica brings her experience in research and strategic communication to the Jacques & Associates team. Most recently, she was a pathways intern for Air Force Public Affairs, where she did strategic communication planning, senior leader media training, database building and data analysis. Previously, Jessica worked with a national security think tank, Business Executives for National  Security, as a Research Associate and at Signal Group DC (formerly McBee Strategic) as an intern on cyber, defense, and space issues. (more)

Intern Team

Jacques & Associates also has a team of hardworking, smart, and enthusiastic interns supporting our work. Interns support a variety of projects including: monitoring and producing proprietary reports on industry-related congressional actions and think tank events and performing budget analysis and report to clients on specific items of interest when congressional markups drop or when policy directives that affect industry are released.  To help them learn the details of specific client project and needs, each is  assigned a specific set of clients and is responsible for coordinating business development strategy between sometimes disparate elements, scheduling with government leaders and industry partners, researching and reporting on business opportunities, and supporting client business development operations.

Interns at Jacques & Associates come from a range of backgrounds including International Relations, History, Political Science, and Sociology.

Interested in joining our intern team? We will be posting for Spring 2018 interns in November. Keep an eye on the website for openings.