Huntington Beach

Our Story

Performance Excellence Partners (PEP), an award-winning federal contractor and woman-owned small business (WOSB) with expertise in project management, workforce development, grants management, human capital, and program support services, launched its 20th year serving federal and state agencies, private sector businesses, and non-profit organizations in 2019. Under the leadership of CEO and President Rachel E. Ramirez, PEP has grown into a widely respected organization with a large and expanding clientele. In addition to being awarded two best-in-class contract vehicles, GSA HCaTS SB Pool 2 and GSA OASIS SB Pool 1, PEP holds a GSA Schedule, GSA FSS MAS (Professional Services, Business Administrative Services and Training) and is on the DOL ETA BPA contract. PEP has full- and part-time employees working at its corporate office, at client sites and at home offices across the United States. Since its inception, PEP has been a proponent of employee-focused workplace practices, retaining a diverse workforce, fostering a supportive corporate culture, and ensuring an inclusive and flexible work environment. Gratitude for the support and opportunities extended by clients and partners fuels PEP’s passion for helping and mentoring other small businesses and professionals looking to advance their careers or enter new fields. In this and other ways, PEP strives to be a light that creates a lasting impact on people, projects, and initiatives. As PEP prepares for the next 20 years and beyond, the focus remains on providing exceptional services to clients and partners through outstanding team members that exemplify PEP’s core values of applying uncommon integrity, seeking inspired solutions, creating a lasting impact, and attracting and building enduring partnerships.

What a privilege to serve such a range of clients and work with such gifted and committed staff, partners, and contractors – all of whom share the credit for our 20 years of excellence.

Our Core Values

   The foundation of PEP’s corporate culture is a set of shared core values which are the keys to our on-going success. 

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Apply uncommon integrity.

We consistently operate truthfully and honestly, putting the needs of our clients and project first.

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Seek inspired solutions.

We are constantly expanding our knowledge and looking for innovative ways to solve problems and provide services to help clients succeed.

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Create lasting impact.

We are focused on delivering solutions that will make a difference, now and long-term.

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Build enduring partnerships.

We put the client project or partner first and communicate openly, honestly and respectfully.


We pride ourselves in fostering a supportive and collaborative climate that positively impacts our relationships with each other and to our clients.

Our core values are the beacons that keep us on course as we strive to provide exceptional service to our clients and to each other. 

Our core values are what inspire us to do and be our best.