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DynCorp International, VP, Government Relations, John Gastright, Elected to Professional Services Council Board of Directors

John Gastright, VP, Government Relations at DynCorp International, was elected to serve on the Professional Services Council (PSC) Board of Directors at its annual membership meeting held on December 15.

The PSC Board of Directors is responsible for policy oversight and setting the direction of the association. Gastright is one of three new board members and will serve a three-year term.

Gastright is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Project 2049 Institute, an organization that seeks to guide decision makers toward a more secure Asia by the century’s mid-point. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Dupree Foundation, which supports the American Center at Kabul University.

About John Gastright

From March 2005 to December 2007, Gastright served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and the U.S. Interagency Coordinator for Afghanistan.  From March 2003 to June 2005, he served as Special Assistant for South Asia to Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

Prior to service at the State Department, Gastright served as a congressional staffer in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate from 1995 to 2003. From 1988 to 1994, he was an officer in the United States Navy and from 1987 to 1988, he served as a City of Charleston South Carolina Police Officer.

Gastright hold Masters Degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

Professional Services Council (PSC)

PSC is the voice of the government professional and technical services industry. PSC’s nearly 350 member companies represent small, medium, and large businesses that provide federal agencies with services of all kinds, including information technology, engineering, logistics, facilities management, operations and maintenance, consulting, international development, scientific, social, environmental services, and more. Together, the trade association’s members employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in all 50 states.

PSC was founded in 1972 by a group of industry leaders who recognized the emergence and growing vitality of the professional services sector.  The sector itself was virtually unaccounted for as part of the U.S. economy and barely considered in the government marketplace. This despite the fact that, overall, it was growing at twice the rate of the rest of the economy and slowly but surely within the government as well. In the decades since, as the professional services sector has become an essential partner with the federal government in virtually all aspects of its operations. In 2008, PSC and the Contract Services Association of America (CSA) merged to create a single, unified voice representing the full range and diversity of the government services sector.

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