Deloitte Consulting LLP’s San Diego government public services (GPS) division has a new home.
At a ceremony held Jan. 31, the company officially cut the ribbon on a 10,000-square-foot office space in Liberty Station that will house its fast-growing GPS business in the region. Liberty Station is the 12th office Deloitte has opened in the state.
“We went from 40 people in 2018 in Southern California as a whole in our government business to now over 700; half are here in San Diego.” said Deloitte Consulting Principal Kelly Marchese.
Deloitte’s Southern California presence was also expanded in 2021 after acquiring San Diego-based systems and cybersecurity firm Sentek Global.
Deloitte’s GPS division has always had a smaller footprint in San Diego and has worked for the state in Sacramento “off and on” for 50 years, Marchese said.
The company began expanding its government services outside of Washington D.C., especially “mission-oriented work” for the defense industry, five years ago.
“When you talk about where the mission it is, it’s actually outside of the beltway so that’s where we wanted to start focusing – where the mission happens,” Marchese said, adding that San Diego was one of a handful of target geographies Deloitte chose, alongside places like Colorado Springs, Colorado and Huntsville, Alabama that have a strong military presence.
Serving 4 Sectors
In addition to servicing the defense, security and justice sector, Deloitte’s GPS division also provides services to three other sectors: a state, local and higher education sector; a federal health sector; and a sector serving civilian agencies such as the IRS and U.S. State Department.
“Most of [Deloitte’s] business in Southern California right now is state and local, higher education and defense, security and justice,” Marchese said, adding that unlike the accounting services Deloitte is most known for, GPS doesn’t do tax work.
“Most of our work is around risk and advisory consulting,” she said, in the areas of AI preparation, cybersecurity, workforce development, systems engineering, grants management, ERP implementation and technology implementation and modernization. A recent technology implementation the GPS division worked on is the City of San Diego’s Get It Done app. Deloitte also does work for the County of San Diego, SANDAG and North County Transit Department, among other local agencies.
“For the past 70 years, we have supported local clients from federal, state and local government agencies, defense organizations and higher education institutions. We’re very proud to continue investing locally in our people, in our clients and in the city of San Diego,” said Juli Moran, managing director, Deloitte Consulting and Deloitte’s San Diego marketplace leader.
Part of that local investment includes supporting nonprofits such as Challenged Athletes Foundation. CAF Senior Manager Nico Marcolongo and former U.S. Army Sgt. Anthony Pome, who is currently competing to represent Team U.S.A. in the Paralympic Games as a shot-putter, both spoke at the Jan. 31 ribbon cutting.
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Sanders also spoke at the ceremony, thanking Deloitte for investing in and partnering with the San Diego business community.
Because of its fast-growing list of clients, Deloitte’s GPS division is already anticipating that it will “quickly outgrow” the 10,000-square-foot space at Liberty Station, Marchese said.
The company is also currently expanding its main office at One Paseo, adding 8,000 square feet.
“With our current San Diego headcount topping 1,000 professionals and our teams anxious to co-locate and collaborate in person, we have decided to secure additional space in order to accommodate both those that choose to work in an in-person work environment and the need for team rooms and space to host client events, workshops, collaboration and design sessions and training,” Moran said.
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