Mercedes C. LeGrand
Managing DirectorWashington D.C.
With cross-industry perspective gained while living and working on three continents, Mercedes recognizes the difference the right leader at the right time can make to an organization.
Mercedes co-leads Raines’ Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Practice working with both industrial and technology companies. She draws from her direct industry experience to find game-changing leaders for her F1000 clients across a variety of C-level functions. Mercedes is especially passionate about the intersections between technology and defense, and about recruiting exceptional female and minority talent to the industry. In her free time, Mercedes is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children in the cities of Alexandria and Arlington, VA, where she serves as a direct voice for children in the juvenile court system.
Industry & Consulting Experience
Mercedes previously led Russell Reynolds Associates’ global Aviation, Aerospace & Defense practice, where she was recognized by ExecutiveBiz as a Top 10 GovCon Recruiter. She was also a member of the Digital Transformation and Diversity & Inclusion practices.
Prior to RRA, Mercedes was a Managing Partner at Watermark Strategic Advisors, a consultancy which connects emerging technology companies with U.S. Defense, Intelligence and Security agencies. At Watermark, Mercedes helped clients understand federal regulations and processes, advised on marketing and pricing strategies, provided access to growth capital and advised on merger and acquisition scenarios. Before that, while at Booz Allen Hamilton, Mercedes served as Acting Director of Strategic Planning for the Department of Homeland Security’s Preparedness Directorate. Prior to that, Mercedes was an associate with D.C.-based investment bank, Friedman Billings Ramsey.