Fred Costa

Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder

As the CEO and Co-Founder at MetaPhase Consulting, Fred is responsible for pursuing the firm’s goals of a company with Engaged Teams, Meaningful Work, and Happy Customers. Fred began his career working during the ‘.com’ boom before transitioning into leadership roles at large management consulting firms including IBM, Accenture, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Fred’s experience centered around leading full life cycle implementations of COTS software, and undertaking large scale business transformation initiatives. He is passionate about technology and deeply values people and relationships. Fred graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Decision Sciences & Management Information Systems and holds Project Management Professional and Agile SCRUM certifications.

When not at work, Fred enjoys his downtime with his family (wife, 3 kids and dog), catching up with old and new friends, traveling overseas, and working out.

Brett McLaren

Chief Operations Officer/Co-Founder

Brett McLaren is the Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder of MetaPhase Consulting. He is responsible for overseeing operations, business development, and client delivery activities across the firm to ensure that the company executes against its strategic vision. Prior to MetaPhase, Brett spent the majority of his career at large Federal Consulting firms including Booz Allen Hamilton and CGI. He holds a B.A. in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University and an MBA from Georgetown University. He is a PMI-Certified Project Management Professional, and holds Agile SCRUM and Change Management Advanced Practitioner (CMAP) certifications.

Outside of work, Brett enjoys trying new ethnic food, fishing, the outdoors, and coaching soccer.

Jessica Bantom


Jessica Bantom is a Director at MetaPhase Consulting. She leads corporate marketing in addition to providing client support in the areas of strategic communications and change management. Jessica spent the majority of her 15+ year consulting career at Booz Allen Hamilton. She holds a BA in English from the University of Virginia, and an MA in Interior Design from Marymount University. She has earned a Change Management Advanced Practitioner (CMAP) certification from Georgetown University, and Design Thinking and Innovation certification through Darden Executive Education at the University of Virginia.

Jessica’s additional interests include interior design, participating in local design thinking meetups and events, and actively engaging in activities with her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Eric Ignacio


Eric Ignacio is a Director at MetaPhase Consulting. He provides oversight on MPC technology and systems engagements and is responsible for delivery and growth for customers such as the U.S. Agency for International Development. Eric has nearly 20 years of experience leading and supporting COTS implementations and SDLC efforts from custom websites to ERP eProcurement solutions. Prior to joining MetaPhase Consulting, he led IT projects at Booz Allen Hamilton and CACI/American Management Systems. Eric graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors in Environmental Sciences and holds Project Management Professional and Agile certifications.

In his personal time, Eric enjoys spending time with his two kids (5 and 2), trying new DC restaurants with his wife, and the occasional round of golf.


Danielle Toole


Danielle Toole is a Director at MetaPhase Consulting. She is focused on advancing MPC’s international business strategy and market reach as well as developing company talent to meet our clients’ high expectations of support and professionalism. She has worked in a number of Federal agencies including Health and Human Services (HHS), Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State (DOS). Danielle also has experience with Peace Corps as a former volunteer, serving for two years as a marine statistician in Western Samoa. Danielle has nearly 20 years experience in project management, mission operations, data analytics including statistics, records management, research analysis, and software implementation and deployment. Danielle holds a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina and a Masters in Business Administration from Champlain College.

When Danielle is not based in D.C., she lives around the world with her husband, a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer, and their two sons (6 and 3).

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