About mPower

mPower serves as a trusted partner and advisor to our clients. Relationships are a true asset to our organization, and the importance that mPower places in building strong, lasting relationships and partnerships is a core element of our organizational culture.

Our Story

mPower was founded to deliver consulting and technical services following a public service mindset. We strive to support missions that have a global impact to the health and safety of the public, and we have tailored our services to drive innovation where it is most needed by our clients. We mPower organizations with senior executive expertise in areas ranging from organizational assessment and development through implementation and change management strategies. Our approach is founded upon holistic and integrated models for transforming organizations to meet future challenges. mPower delivers seasoned thought leaders and practitioners who help develop truly implementable and sustainable solutions for our clients. 

Our Mission

mPower will leverage our unique blend of technical and executive support expertise to optimize our clients’ organizations and deliver innovations that drive their missions forward. We will mPower our clients’ people, processes, technology, and organizations.

Our Vision

mPower will continue building upon the trust and confidence we’ve gained from our clients and employees to become an industry-recognized consulting and technical services provider. We strive to “break the mold” of consulting across the industry to deliver true positive change to our clients.

Our Values

mPower’s service delivery and organizational culture is driven by our values, which are communicated to our employees and partners to ensure they are the foundation our delivery model is built upon. Our values are: Trust, Integrity, Respect, and Service.

Our Leadership

mPower’s leadership team brings several decades of public service and executive leadership expertise, which we leverage to establish a robust support structure for our teams and clients. This experience delivered by our leadership provides unmatched familiarity with our clients’ missions and needs, and helps to weave this mission focus into the foundations of our organizational culture. mPower’s leaders guide our employee- and mission-centric culture and approach to innovation, which provides enhanced service delivery in all of our engagements through our constant commitment to, and investment in, our people and the support they provide to our clients’ missions.

Mary Affeldt

Mary Affeldt

Chief Executive Officer

As mPower’s CEO, Mary Affeldt guides our organizational culture and the delivery of services to our client base. She leverages over 30 years of experience in large complex, multidisciplinary biomedical science organizations to integrate mission priorities into all programs at mPower. She brings a broad range of expertise in leading people and organizational change while creating results and improvements in business operations. Her background prior to retirement from Senior Executive Service (SES) includes more than 20 years overseeing the intramural research program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), including serving as NIDA’s Associate Director for Management, and later serving as the Associate Director for Management for the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). As CEO, Mary continues to provide executive advisory services, program integration, organizational alignment, staffing, communications, change management, team building, mentoring and coaching for a number of NIH Institutes as well as several FDA Centers. Mary received her MS in Business Administration and Management from University of Maryland, Global Campus and her BS in Business Administration from Washington Adventist University.

Chris Major

Christine (Chris) Major

Senior Advisor

Christine M. Major has over 30 years of experience in the Human Resource field at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Most recently, until July 2018 when Chris retired from Senior Executive Service (SES), she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Chief Human Capital Officer, HHS, where she oversaw all human capital activities for the agency of approximately 90,000 employees. Chris also previously served as NIH’s Director of the Office of Human Resources (OHR) for 13 years, overseeing all HR functions for an 18,000-employee biomedical research organization and a team of 325 HR professionals as well as leading the consolidation of HR operations from 27 Institute-based offices to a single shared service. In addition to her HHS career, Ms. Major has been an active member of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) for over 15 years, including serving as IPMA-HR President in 2019. In her current role, Chris provides executive consulting services to mPower as well as multiple NIH Institutes and Federal agencies, serving as a trusted advisor to both mPower and our clients. Chris received her BS in Human Resources from the University of Maryland.

Kaitlyn Herbert

Kaitlyn Herbert

Corporate Administrator

As mPower’s Corporate Administrator, Kaitlyn Herbert helps to build, manage, and maintain our support structure for mPower’s employees and client base. She provides cross-cutting support throughout our back-office functions including human capital management, contracts administration, accounting, and corporate development. Kaitlyn’s background supporting human resources, account billing, and client relations provides the perfect blend of experience to effectively support our employee base and programs. Her three years as an urgent care assistant treating patients and supporting physicians also aligns with mPower’s values and our clients’ missions, further ensuring that our mission-centric approach extends from the back-office to our programs. Kaitlyn received her BS, Psychology and MBA from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration in Project Management.