Charisse Quesada

Charisse Quesada

Charisse Quesada is R3’s Director of Contracts.  With 30 years of experience in government as well as commercial contracting, her expertise spans across the Department of Defense and other government agencies including portfolios for Major System Acquisition and Strategic Systems programs.  Charisse has created and led multi-million-dollar business divisions for firms such as Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, AT&T Government Solutions, and SRA International, Inc. As a member of the senior and executive management teams for these organizations, she successfully managed large staffs while participating in strategic planning and business development that consistently increased profitability.

Charisse gives back to the community by volunteering her time to a variety of organizations. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Women in Defense (WID) and active in National Defense Industry Association (NDIA), AFCEA, and San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) events.  As a supporter of Operation Homefront, she participates in activities to directly support our military families.

Charisse is a graduate of National University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and additional coursework in Law (Contracts, Corporate, and Criminal).  She has completed Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification – Level III in Contracting, thru the Defense Acquisition University.  Charisse is also a past recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award, ATHENA Pinnacle Awards, featured in San Diego Magazine as one of the “Women Who Move the City”, San Diego Business Journal “Women Who Mean Business” awards, San Diego Union Tribune Latino Champion Awards – Business Leader, and numerous SPAWAR Lightning Bolt Awards.