Brittany Shaffer

(m) 412-680-5041

Brittany Shaffer is President at FirstLink Research and Analytics, overseeing company strategy and project execution. She has over a decade of experience managing and executing hundreds of analysis projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), multiple foreign governments, medical research centers, universities, and other clients. Her work has focused on assessing the business cases for technology transfer and transition, program and project management, strategic planning for new programs and business opportunities, capability gap identification and validation, and requirements development.

Specific highlights of her experience include:

  • Leading, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), the Program Management Office (PMO) of the International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation (IFAFRI) and its associated analyses
  • Exceeding DoD metric output each year and returning more than $10 million through technology transfer agreement fees and cost avoidance metrics
  • Developing and overseeing business case analyses for multiple clients across diverse technical areas

Ms. Shaffer has taught market analysis at the undergraduate level, and prior to joining FirstLink worked at GE Transportation in International Fleet Program Management, where she served as a liaison between GE engineers and international customers to identify requirements and implement fixes in the field. Ms. Shaffer holds an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University and graduated summa cum laude from Mercyhurst University (B.A.; Business, Marketing and Chemistry). She also completed the Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

"FirstLink has been a wonderful partner. They are always supportive, helpful, and responsive."

– John Dement, ORTA/Technology Transfer Manager, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division