Acquisition Professionals (AP) LLC is an Economically Disadvantaged, Woman-Owned, HUBZone small business. Acquisition Professionals LLC was founded in 2014 by President/CEO Luwanna K. Clark. We are located at Quantico Corporate Center in Stafford, Virginia. AP LLC supports federal, state and local agencies in several core business service areas to improve efficiency, create better business practices, understand and navigate through ever-changing regulations, priorities, and burdensome processes by creating sustainable and adaptable mission focused solutions.

Our Vision

Our vision is to become a nationally recognized premier solutions advisor and trusted partner for our clients. Demonstrating the highest standards of integrity, innovation, and expertise while providing an enriched and rewarding environment for our employees.

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Our Mission

Acquisition Professionals LLC is committed to providing world-class professional services to our clients. Our service methodology encompasses quality, ingenuity, agility and unparalleled customer service. We are vigilant in understanding our client’s needs and translating that into actionable solution-oriented results.

Our Values

Unparalleled Customer Service

Creating better client experiences requires us to (1) listen first; (2) set expectations early and often; (3) be thorough; (4) ask questions; (5) monitor and measure effectiveness; and (6) be relentless to client satisfaction.


Understanding that mission and programs change rapidly, we believe in being nimble and responsive to ever changing requirements and objectives.


We provide skilled and knowledgeable professionals, in their respective fields, to our clients and encourage annual professional development to keep pace with industry trends and best practices.


We believe in being pioneers of resourcefulness and being the leader and driver of new trends and sustainable methodologies.


There is always more than one way to do something – therefore we do things differently and do different things to satisfy our client’s requirements.


Demonstrating corporate moral and ethical philosophies in our behavior as trusted advisors through committed and dedicated service.


Radiating the highest standards through intelligent and deliberate efforts to exceed client expectations is everyone’s responsibility.

AP Leadership

head shot of President and CEO Luwanna ClarkLuwanna Clark



Luwanna K. Clark is the founder, President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Acquisition Professionals (AP) LLC. Ms. Clark has more than 27 years of acquisition and program management expertise. Prior to founding AP, Ms. Clark served as a Chief at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where she was responsible for managing the FBI’s Information Technology Contracts Unit, the National Security Contracts Unit, and the Headquarters Contracts Unit. She also served as the Source Selection Authority on many high-visible Information Technology and other professional services contracts with an Unlimited Warrant.


Ms. Clark holds a Master’s Degree in Acquisition Management from American Graduate University; a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Society; an Associate’s Degree in Pre-Law from Northern Virginia Community College; and a Master’s Certificate in Contracting from George Washington University. She is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) from National Contracts Management Association (NCMA) and is FAC-C Level III Certified and FAC-PM Level II Certified.

portrait of Rita Hardy-ThompsonRita Hardy-Thompson

Corporate Program Manager


Mrs. Rita Hardy-Thompson serves as Acquisition Professionals LLC’s Corporate Program Manager since joining Acquisition Professionals in 2018. Mrs. Hardy-Thompson has a proven track record in managing federal procurements, solving complex problems and strategically focuses on client engagement bringing innovative solutions to our government clients. Mrs. Hardy-Thompson coordinates the full range of acquisition, project and financial management activities, operations, and human resources for Acquisition Professionals.


Before joining Acquisition Professionals LLC, Mrs. Hardy-Thompson worked in many federal agencies as a government contracting professional employee and as a government contractor. Her work career spans supporting UNICOR Contracting for 10 years and Bureau of Prison for 20 years. After retiring from the Federal government, she provided acquisition consulting expertise for the Department of Defense (1 year)  and Federal Bureau of Investigation (9 years).

Contract Manager Jason Peters, a man with thin rimmed glasses and a beardJason Peters

Contract Manager

Jason Peters has over 12 years of cradle-to-grave prime and subcontract management experience with the U.S. Federal government as well as state and local governments. He has managed complex contracts in the robotics and sensors, healthcare, data analytics, A.I., information technology, manufacturing, software, reseller, warfighter, and datacenter industries.

Mr. Peters is a member of the National Contract Management Association, has a degree in Economics from The George Mason University and a Master’s Certificate in Federal Contracting.

portrait of Norman "Bud" PrydeNorman “Bud” Pryde

Security Officer


Norman “Bud” Pryde joined Acquisition Professionals in 2017 and serves as the Corporate Security Officer. Mr. Pryde is a veteran of the United States Air Force having served 27 years of honorable service to his country. He has over 39 years of experience in both Military and Industry with 13+ years as a Security Officer.


Mr. Pryde has an Associate in Arts Degree in Logistics Management from the Community College of the Air Force, a Business Administration Degree in Management Studies from University of Maryland University College, and a MAR in Pastoral Ministries from Liberty University.

portrait of Vanessa CollinsVanessa E. Collins

Human Resources Director


Vanessa E. Collins has 20 years of progressive Human Resources experience with over 10 years of experience in Federal contracting. Ms. Collins has a proven ability to forge strong partnerships with managers, employees, and co-workers throughout the organization. Mrs. Collins supports the company’s onboarding, benefits, talent management, employee relations and organizational policies.


Prior to joining Acquisition Professionals, LLC, she managed the Human Resources functions in small to mid-size companies working hands-on with management teams in industries including DoD Contracting, Sports & Entertainment, and Security.


Ms. Collins has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Strayer University.

Headshot of Krystle Ragin - dark curly hair woman with a red topKrystle W. Ragin

Project Management

Krystle W. Ragin is a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified since 2012, ITIL v3 Foundations Certified, and has over 13 years of experience managing a vast array of programs and projects. Her background and strengths are in communications, program planning, financial planning, scope management, deliverable management, and resource management. She has several success rates of 98% of deliverables acceptance (with no revisions) and 97% of deliverables were submitted on time.

Additionally, she implemented a centralized project risk dashboard to organize, track, and enhance risk management collaboration for program initiatives; helping increase early program/project risk identification and visibility to senior leadership. Ms. Ragin has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Hampton University and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus. She is currently pursuing the Scrum Master Certification.

Headshot of Julian McElveen - bald man with trimmed goatee wearing a suitJulian McElveen

Contracts Professional

Julian McElveen is a Contracts Professional with 20 years’ experience executing cradle-to-grave contract and subcontract administration, proposal review to proposal submission, contract award negotiation, corporate risk mitigation, and Government compliance reporting. Mr. McIlveen’s experience includes managing large contracts, IDIQs, subcontracts, and grants for Air Force, Army, Army Corps of Engineers, and Navy, Homeland Security, FBI, NIH, GSA, and the Department of Energy. Mr. McElveen is a member of the National Contracts Management Association and is Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) certified.