President, Export Compliance Solutions, a former Licensing Officer at
the State Department, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), with
20 years of direct experience in the U.S. defense industry. After
leaving the State Department, Ms. Palmer joined Northrop Grumman’s
Electronic Systems in Baltimore and then went on to work at Johns
Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Ms. Palmer combined this unique experience
to found ECS in 2003. The ECS team provides training to help compliance
officials successfully apply U.S. export control regulations and
establish viable export compliance programs. Ms. Palmer has worked on
the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), was appointed to serve as a
Special Compliance Officer (SCO) for a company operating under a Consent
Agreement and is an active speaker for various professional
Lisa Bencivenga has
has over twenty years of varied experience in export/import licensing
and compliance issues with major defense contractors. She has had the
leading role in developing and implementing internal compliance
programs, providing regulatory guidance, instituting license databases,
training personnel at all corporate levels, conducting audits requested
by clients and/or directed by the U.S. Department of State, coordinating
investigations and working closely with legal departments while
administering the full spectrum of corporate international export/import
activities. She has several years of experience in space-related export
issues which includes obtaining and implementing complex licensing
arrangements related to spacecraft and launch activities as a result of
her employment with Orbital Sciences Corporation and The Boeing Company.
a career as in-house legal counsel to various corporations, including a
lengthy term as head of the legal department for the US subsidiary of
an Italian aircraft manufacturer, Melva opened her own law practice in
2018. The practice is focused on providing practical legal advice to
entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes. The practice offers business
clients knowledge and understanding of their organizations, timely legal
advice at competitive prices and collaborative professional
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