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HOWARD LIND

ISOA President and Executive Director

Howard Lind is serving as the President and Executive Director of the International Stability Operations Association, which represents companies who support the US government and allies around the world.

Prior to joining ISOA, he served as a Washington, DC, representative for the Fluor Government Group’s work in the Middle East and Central Asia. He later served as the Chief Operating Officer for Matlock & Associates, a woman-owned small business, specializing in engineering, construction, and logistics services in support of the US government domestically and in the Middle East, central Asia, and Africa.

Howard Lind served in the Departments of Defense and State in the offices of Iraq and Afghanistan reconstruction from 2003 to 2007. He began with the Coalition Provisional Authority at the Pentagon in support of the US Ambassador to Iraq, and then worked in the State Department’s Near East Affairs/Iraq Office (Secretariat for Political Affairs) for the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office. He later served in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology as Deputy Director for the Iraq Project and Contracting Office.

He began his professional career as a US Naval Officer, retiring in 2000 after 20-years of service. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Melissa Sabin

Melissa Sabin

ISOA President, Middle East & Africa Chapter | International Business Development Manager - Clements Worldwide

Melissa Sabin is currently the International Business Development Manager for Clements Worldwide. She has 10+ years’ experience in security and risk management with a focus on contingency and stability operations, and reconstruction efforts globally. Her background includes risk mitigation and transfer and security support to clients in high risk and austere environments.

Prior to joining Clements, Melissa was the Senior Manager, Commercial Support at GardaWorld International Protective Services predominantly focusing on Afghanistan and Emerging Markets. She has also worked for ISOA as the head of Business Development, responsible for recruitment of new Members and developing benefits to the existing Membership base.

Melissa pursued a double major in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies degrees from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She also spent time in Lebanon and Morocco as a journalist, reporting on political developments in the MENA region.

MICHELLE QUINN

ISOA Chairman of the ISOA Board; Vice President - VxL Enterprises

Michelle Quinn is Vice President of VxL Enterprises, a veteran-owned, small business providing stability, security, and training solutions around the world for the Department of State, Department of Defense, and others. At VxL, she leads efforts to support these critical US government missions, by establishing relationships with the USG, security industry partners, and other organizations in both the United States and abroad.

Prior to her time with VxL, she also served as Vice President of International Programs at A-T Solutions (now PAE); Operations Manager for TEDAC; and Manager of Operations and Training for the WPPS/WPPS II Program at DynCorp International. At these organizations, Michelle Quinn focused on stabilization missions, Counter-terrorism initiatives, and police/military training needs.

She also worked for several years on Capitol Hill, supporting House Congressional Committees on the issues, needs, and funding of USAID, IMF, World Bank, and other entities; and at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Michelle holds a Bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary, and an MBA from the University of Mary Washington.

As a member of the Board of ISOA, Michelle is committed to increasing ISOA participation by engaging both the many small security/training companies, and women, who work in the ISOA space.

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