A-LIGN Welcomes Jennifer Hawks & LaTara Allen to Lead Federal Practice


We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Hawks as the new Federal Practice Lead. Jennifer has been a guiding force in U.S. Government cybersecurity governance, risk, and compliance for over two decades.

Prior to joining A-LIGN, Jennifer held the role of VP of Government Services at NCC Group and provided assessment and advisory services for various cybersecurity frameworks, including FedRAMP, StateRAMP, TXRAMP, CMMC/NIST 800-171, NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), and FISMA/NIST RMF. Earlier in her career, Jennifer led a cybersecurity startup to become a FedRAMP third-party assessment organization (3PAO) and assessed security risks in the federal government’s vendor and supplier ecosystem within the US Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain at Booz Allen Hamilton.

In addition to the appointment of Jennifer, we are excited to introduce LaTara Allen as the Associate Director of Federal Services. LaTara has over 20 years of experience navigating the complexities of federal programs while optimizing the processes and service delivery of FedRAMP, StateRAMP, and CMMC/NIST 800-171 assessments.

“As a top 3 FedRAMP 3PAO and serving more than 150 clients, A-LIGN is committed to providing best-in-class compliance and cybersecurity solutions for our clients,” stated Steve Simmons, COO. “With Jennifer Hawks leading our federal practice and working alongside LaTara Allen, our strengthened staff will enable us to guide our clients through complex federal compliance requirements, providing them with the assurance and guidance they need to achieve their goals.”

Latest Additions Solidify Leadership in Delivering High-Quality and Efficient Federal Assessments

As a leading assessor for the US Government, A-LIGN is pleased to offer an end-to-end compliance solution that simplifies the complex reporting process to deliver high-quality reports and certifications government agencies require from their cloud service providers. With an extensive network of resources, experience, and professional relationships, we are dedicated to ensuring organizations are prepared and authorized to support government agencies by minimizing risks and safeguarding data.

These additions are a commitment from A-LIGN to provide a world-class audit experience with senior talent to allow our clients to continue to win federal contracts and grow their business.

To learn more about A-LIGN’s trusted federal services including FedRAMP, StateRAMP, CMMC, FISMA, and more, visit https://www.a-lign.com/government.