Jared Hershman

Chief Operations Officer & Managing Partner


As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Jared is responsible for Stratagem’s contract execution and operational procedures.

Jared joined Stratagem in 2015 and was given the challenge of maturing the business execution, processes, and policies of the company. Jared transformed Stratagem’s financial system from QuickBooks to a Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) accredited system, which is required for large prime contracts. He oversaw the construction of Stratagem’s Colorado and Pennsylvania offices, which included the accreditation of SCIFs at both locations, and a common CWAN linking the two sites together. Jared also oversaw the upgrading of Stratagem’s IT infrastructure to be compliant with the government’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).

During his tenure as COO, Jared has overseen the successful execution and delivery of capabilities for more than 20 government contracts. These contracts span the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. Jared was asked why he takes on so many disparate tasks, and Jared responded, “As a small business owner, you have to be ready to roll up your sleeves and support the team in any way; including everything from IT to vacuuming a SCIF.”

Jared has over 20 years of experience in program management, security, and IT. After working three years in the commercial IT realm, Jared joined the United States Air Force. Jared served as a digital network analyst conducting computer network exploitation and spent a tour in Iraq as a SIGINT analyst. Following the Air Force, Jared joined the Defense Industry and spent eight years as a chief engineer and program manager of National Programs that exceeded 360 people. Jared holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in information assurance from Regis University.

In Jared’s free time, he usually can be found spending time with his wife and two children hiking Colorado 14-ers, often with his kids on his back. Jared also loves working on home improvement projects with his wife.

“Chance favors the prepared mind” – Louis Pasteur

Fun Fact #1

Jared has climbed 32 of the Colorado 14ers

Fun Fact #2

Jared is the 5th generation to be born and raised in Colorado

Fun Fact #3

Jared enjoys teaching his son how to play chess