Jennifer Olson


JENNIFER OLSON

Ms. Olson is a Principal at KGO and has her MBA with a focus in Leadership. She has 20 years’ experience beginning her career as a member of the U.S. Air Force holding a Top Secret security clearance working under the NSA. She successfully moved on to pursue a variety of special project management opportunities in fields ranging from education to finance.

 

At KGO, Ms. Olson is responsible for the strategic vision and oversight on a variety of commercial and special projects. Her excellent communication skills enable her to thrive in building successful cross-functional teams. Her ability to pay attention to detail while focusing on the big picture uniquely positions her teams to excel on projects by controlling costs, managing project schedules, and maintaining timely collaboration amongst the various professionals involved with the project.

 

Ms. Olson’s project management skills allow her to supervise and coordinate multiple, simultaneous activities while maintaining focus on the details. Primary project tasks begin with strategic planning and site selection and continue through project close-out and include but are not limited to master project planning, scheduling and sequencing of critical milestones, maintaining project budget and scopes of work, reviewing contracts, invoices and payment approvals, coordinating with appropriate vendors, quality inspections and oversight, identifying coordination items and recommending and implementing solutions, chairing and coordinating weekly team meetings with the designers and engineers, general contractor, and owners, and change management.

 

 

Education

MBA, Management and Leadership, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD

B.S., Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Cryptologic Russian Linguist, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA

 

Speaker/ Presenter:

  • Guest Lecturer, George Mason University (FM 224: Project Management)
  • GSA Round Table Presentation: The Triple Constraints of Project Management (Invited by the GSA to form and lead a team of industry professionals in a presentation to internal stakeholders, Washington, DC)
  • Project Management Fundamentals (Presented to the ALA, Baltimore Chapter)
  • Communication Breakthrough – Seeing Through the Eyes of the Client (Presented to General Contractor Leadership Team in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC)
  • Project Management Seminar  (Presented to multiple Real Estate Broker Teams, Washington, DC)
  • Intuition as a Key to Success (Presented to Senior Level Real Estate Brokers and Professionals, Washington, DC)
  • CREW Breakfast with the Stars – Project Management (Panelist, Washington, DC)
  • UCREW Roundtable (Presented Project Management Fundamentals at multiple events including University of Maryland, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and American University)

 

Publications:

 

Top 10 Challenges of Project Management, Disclosures, ALA, Maryland Chapter, November, 2013.

 

A partial list of Ms. Olson’s projects includes:

 

American Association of University Women, Washington, DC

48,000 sf new office build-out and relocation

Manchester United, Chevy Chase, MD

U.S. office

BET Network, Washington, DC

Headquarters In-place Renovation 

Exelon Corporation, Baltimore, MD

360,000 sf headquarters 

Venable LLP

185,000 sf law firm, Baltimore, MD

35,000 sf law firm, Towson, MD

30,000 sf law firm, Tysons Corner, VA

CVENT, Tysons Corner, VA

120,000 sf headquarters 

USAID, Crystal City, VA

85,000 sf office 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Washington, DC

68,000 sf office

Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC

60,000 sf office

Nuclear Energy Institute, Washington, DC

50,000 sf headquarters 

International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC

50,000 sf headquarters renovation

15,000 sf expansion 

Jackson & Campbell, Washington, DC

47,000 sf office 

Share Our Strength, Washington, DC

35,000 sf headquarters 

Chemonics International, Washington, DC

30,000 sf office

Invertix, Tysons Corner, VA

20,000 sf headquarters

Citizant, Chantilly, VA

19,000 sf office 

Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies

18,500 sf office 

World Learning, Washington, DC

18,000 sf headquarters renovation 

Government Contract Solutions, Tysons Corner, VA

17,000 sf office 

Alaskan Pipeline, Washington, DC

15,000 sf office 

Community Associations, Inc.

15,000 sf association

Dutko Grayling, Washington, DC

15,500 sf office 

Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS)

15,000 sf build out 

Thompson & Greenspon, Fairfax, VA

15,000 sf office

Vietnam Embassy, Washington, DC

15,000 sf historic renovation

Japanese Embassy, Information & Culture Center, Washington, DC

13,000 sf office, auditorium, exhibit and scif spaces 

Cardiocore, Rockville, MD

13,500 sf office 

American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, Washington, DC

12,000 sf office 

Prince Georges Community Federal Credit Union, Upper Marlboro, MD

12,000 sf bank building 

United Negro College Fund, Special Programs Corporation

11,000 sf office

Partnership for a Healthier America, Washington, DC

10,000 sf headquarters

Korean Economic Institute, Washington, DC

9,000 sf project with extremely tight schedule 

United Way of the National Capital Area

8,000 sf office – Washington, DC

7,500 sf office – Vienna, VA 

Gunlocke

6,000 sf furniture showroom

Money One Federal Credit Union

3,000 sf branch, Beltsville, MD 

High View Condominiums, Hunt Valley, MD

386-unit luxury mid-rise condo and townhouse complex

10101 Grosvenor, Bethesda, MD

20 story, 404-unit luxury condominium 

The Tingey House, Washington Navy Yard

Historical rehabilitation of residence and gardens