A woman-owned Tampa consulting firm has won an $82 million federal contract with the United States Agency for International Development, one of the largest aid organizations in the world.
WWC Global will provide institutional support in program management, strategic communications, recruiting, acquisition and geographic information systems work for the agency, known as USAID. The company’s contract began June 1.
“We have grown very substantially in the last few years, and this is absolutely going to help us grow even more,” said WWC Global co-founder and CEO Lauren Weiner. “And we’re looking at a number of other awards that are potentially coming through in the next few weeks to months.”
It’s the second-largest contract to date for the 17-year-old company, founded by two women in part to create career opportunities for veterans and military and diplomatic spouses.
Three years ago, the company, then known as Wittenberg Weiner Consulting, received a $200 million management contract with U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. That contract enabled them to expand their local workforce from about 20 to more than 100. Overall, WWC Global has about 300 employees in more than 30 locations in 13 time zones.
About 70 percent of WWC Global’s workforce are military or military spouses, as was Weiner when she and chief operating officer Donna Huneycutt started the company in 2004.
Unlike Special Operations Command, which is part of the Department of Defense, the Agency for International Development is an independent federal agency, which Huneycutt said could broaden and diversify its workforce.
“We are predominantly run and managed, all the way up to the C-suite, by military spouses and veterans,” Huneycutt said. “This is an opportunity for us to expand to more state department spouses and engage them.”
The contract comes at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has shifted some companies’ ideas around remote work, with many growing more comfortable with having employees based in far-flung locales. That’s always been part of the culture at WWC Global, where some workers have had to move several times when their spouses are reassigned to a new region. Pivoting additional employees to remote work, Weiner said, “didn’t really phase us.”
“At every turn, we’ve grown more than we anticipated,” she said. “We certainly have a strategic plan that allows more substantial growth. But we do that in a very structured way and a very thoughtful way that doesn’t grow us too fast, and that allows us to continue to provide high-quality services, credibly, at every turn and at every growth point.”