As Chief Contracts Officer, Sandra oversees Cognosante’s new business contract growth via strategic partnerships, proposal operations, pricing, and contract compliance activities. Sandra is essential to the execution of all contracting activity and manages the entire contract management lifecycle. With over 25 years she has addressed the unique strategic and operational challenges to growth by leading teams to focus on optimizing the synergies between proposal preparation, contract risk mitigation and performance.
Before joining Cognosante, Pina led the Systems Solutions Group at Thales Defense & Security, Inc. where she managed contractual and business operations for the Navy, Air Force, and other Department of Defense customers. Before Thales, Pina served as the Associate Director of Contracts at Leidos, Inc. and Lockheed Martin IS&GS for 12+ years where she was responsible for more than $5 billion in contract value, guided a team of contract managers, led M&A due diligence activities, and managed winning proposal negotiations for Federal, commercial, and international contracts.
Sandra is an exceptional leader and communicator with over 25 years of professional consulting, contracts, and financial management experience supporting Federal clients. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in marketing & accounting, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College, a master’s certificate in government contract management from George Washington University, and leadership classes from Harvard University, Kennedy School.