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Leadership

Director

Patrick O'Brien

Patrick O'Brien

OLDCC Director

(703) 697-2123

Mr. Patrick O’Brien is Director of the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. Prior to joining OLDCC, Mr. O’Brien was with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where he served in a number of different capacities, working on a variety of community & economic development issues. Before that, he was an Assistant Business Developer for the City of Duluth, MN. He has bachelor’s degrees in Urban Affairs and Political Science from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he graduated cum laude and as a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. He also received a Master of Science degree in Public Management and Policy Analysis from the School of Urban and Public Affairs at Carnegie-Mellon University, where he graduated "with distinction," student-taught organizational management, and was elected to Pi Alpha Alpha. Mr. O'Brien is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council. He graduated from the Federal Executive Institute’s “Leadership for a Democratic Society” as well as Harvard Law School’s “Program on Negotiation.” He is the recipient of the 2017 Federal Leadership in Economic Development Programs from the International Economic Development Council, recipient of the Ancient Order of Chamorri from the Territory of Guam, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.

Doug Brown

Doug Brown

Deputy Director for Operations

(703) 697-2015

Mr. Doug Brown has been with OLDCC since 2015 and currently serves as the Deputy Director for Operations. In this capacity he directs core business line activities associated with organization administration, information technology, and procurement activities. Prior to serving as the Deputy Director for Operations, Mr. Brown served as the Deputy Director for Programs and OLDCC’s Army Military Liaison. Mr. Brown is a former U.S. Army engineer officer with more than two decades’ experience leading and guiding various organizations within DoD. He holds a master’s degree in Leadership from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s degree from the University of South Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds a Certificate in Public Leadership and is a recipient of the Army Engineer Association DeFluery Award.

Daniel Glasson

Daniel Glasson

Deputy Director for Community Investment
Deputy Director for Community Adjustment (Acting)

703-697-2162

Mr. Daniel Glasson has been with OLDCC since 2006 and serves both as the Deputy Director for Community Investment and the Acting Deputy Director for Community Adjustment. In this role, he ensures effective and compliant delivery of OLDCC programs of assistance across its stakeholders. Previously, he served as OLDCC’s Program Director for Community Investment, a Project Manager, and as a Presidential Management Fellow. Mr. Glasson has served in numerous capacities in the public and private sector, spanning work positions in the United States, Europe, and Africa, offering more than 20 years of experience in public administration, applied economic development, and urban planning. He holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning and a Certificate in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan; Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies from Case Western Reserve University; and spent time in Poland as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2018, Mr. Glasson was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.

Michelle Volkema

Michelle Volkema

Deputy Director for Compliance (acting)
NEPA Compliance Officer

703-697-2176

Ms. Michelle Volkema has been with OLDCC since 2021 and serves as the Acting Deputy Director for Compliance and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance Activity Lead. In these roles, she oversees grants management, budget, risk management and internal controls, and environmental compliance. Prior to joining OLDCC, Ms. Volkema supported the Air Force Secretariat (SAF/IEE) from 2019-2021 overseeing conservation programs and policy (natural and cultural resources, and tribal relations). Before that, she served six years as the DoD Deputy Federal Preservation Officer managing the DoD Cultural Resources Program and Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program. She began working in public service for the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office as an Environmental Review Specialist for six years. Ms. Volkema holds a Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Bioregional Planning and Community Design with an emphasis in Historic Preservation from the University of Idaho. She completed studies for a master’s degree in Historic Preservation at the University of Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Idaho.

Gary  Kuwabara

Gary Kuwabara

Director, Western Regional Office

(916) 557-7380

Mr. Gary Kuwabara has been with OLDCC since 2005 and currently serves as the Western Regional Office Director and the Pacific Readiness Program Activity Lead. Prior to joining OLDCC, Mr. Kuwabara worked with the Air Force Base Conversion Agency. Mr. Kuwabara was detailed as Special Assistant to the Center Director on Real Property and Deputy Director of the Closure Division, McClellan Air Logistics Center. He was responsible for overseeing the transition of the installation from the active military to the Air Force Base Conversion Agency and the Local Redevelopment Authority. Mr. Kuwabara holds a Master of Science in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Tara Butler

Tara Butler

Assistant Deputy Director for Federal Partners and Intergovernmental Engagement

(703) 697-2074

Tara A. Butler, Esq., serves as Assistant Deputy Director for Federal Partners and Intergovernmental Engagement for the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. She conducts outreach to Federal, state, and local elected officials and serves as the Department’s representative to the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Previously, she worked on defense, energy, and infrastructure issues as Program Director for the National Governors Association. Ms. Butler is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, the University of Connecticut School of Law, and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executive Fellows and Public Policy Certificate program. She is also a Board liaison to the Association of Defense Communities.

Sigmund "Sig" Csicsery

Sigmund "Sig" Csicsery

Assistant Deputy Director for Community Investment

(916) 557-7365

Mr. Sig Csicsery has been with OLDCC since March 2015 and serves as the Assistant Deputy Director for Community Investment and the Program Activity Lead for the Public Schools on Military Installations (PSMI) Program. His portfolio includes projects the Public Schools on Military Installation program, Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot program, Transportation Infrastructure Improvements Associated with Medical Facilities program, and the Pacific Readiness Program. Prior to joining OLDCC, Mr. Csicsery served 27 years as a U.S. Air Force civilian engineer and project manager for facilities, real property, and environmental remediation with a focus on planning, programming, and project execution. Mr. Csicsery holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University (Sacramento), is registered as a Professional Mechanical Engineer, and holds credentials as a Project Management Professional.

David R. Kennedy

David R. Kennedy

Assistant Deputy Director for Community Investment

(703) 697-2136

Mr. David Kennedy has been with the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation since 2012, and now serves as the Assistant Deputy Director for Community Investment. His portfolio includes Public Schools on Military Installation (PSMI) program, Community Noise Mitigation, Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot program, Transportation Infrastructure Improvements Associated with Medical Facilities program, and the Pacific Readiness program. Previously, Mr. Kennedy served 27 years in the U.S. Army, including commanding a battalion in combat as part of the final surge brigade in Baghdad. He also served as an Associate Professor at the United States Military Academy. Mr. Kennedy holds a Master of Science degree from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Science from Clarkson University in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia.

Louis Littleton III

Louis Littleton III

Deputy Director, Western Regional Office

(916) 557-7316

Mr. Louis Littleton has been with the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation since 2014 and serves as a Project Manager and as the Deputy for the Western Regional Office. Prior to joining OLDCC, Mr. Littleton served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a logistics officer in a variety of command, leadership, and staff positions at the installation, major command, and international levels. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and completed several levels of joint and service professional military education during his Air Force career.

Scott Spencer

Scott Spencer

Assistant Deputy Director for Community Adjustment

(703) 697-2133

Mr. Scott Spencer has been with OLDCC since 2018 and serves as the Assistant Deputy Director for Community Adjustment. His portfolio includes Compatible Use, Installation Resilience, Diversification, Industry Transition, Growth and Realignment. Prior to joining OLDCC, Mr. Spencer spent 13 years with the Air Force working as a Community Planner at the installation, major command, and headquarters levels. He also served as the Air Force Service Action Officer for the Department of Defense Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program. Previously, he spent 10 years in the private sector managing comprehensive planning projects for the Department of Defense worldwide. Mr. Spencer holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Geography/Urban Planning from Frostburg State University and is an alumnus of the Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy Managing by Network. In 2008, Mr. Spencer was awarded the Air Force Civilian Achievement Medal.

Mary Catherine "MC" Ott

Mary Catherine "MC" Ott

Assistant Deputy Director for Federal Partner and External Engagement (Acting)

703-697-2130

Ms. Mary Catherine “MC” Ott has been with OLDCC since 2022 and serves as Acting Assistant Director for Federal Partner and External Engagement. In this role, she conducts outreach to Federal, state, and local elected officials and serves as the Department's representative to the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Prior to joining OLDCC, Ms. Ott served as a Legislative Director at the National Governors Association (NGA), focusing on a broad range of issues including defense, homeland security, cybersecurity, public safety and veterans affairs. She also oversaw the Presidentially appointed Council of Governors activities for NGA. She previously served as a senior legislative analyst at National Guard Bureau's Office of Legislative Liaison, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager for Air National Guard and Cyber Security at the National Guard Association of the United States and was a Legislative Aide in the U.S. Senate. Ms. Ott holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Providence College. From 2021-2022, she sat on the Board of Advisors for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.