Maura C. Sullivan

Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy

Maura C. Sullivan is former U.S. Marine Corps Officer and Iraq War veteran.  

Ms. Sullivan has held a number of senior roles in the Obama Administration, serving as an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy.

In addition to her government service, Ms. Sullivan has significant leadership experience in the private sector, most recently as an executive at PepsiCo where she ran the company’s New England Franchise Bottling Business and Central New England Food business.  

In 2010, President Obama appointed Ms. Sullivan to The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) where with her fellow commissioners she was responsible for America’s overseas military cemeteries and memorials.  

In addition to her public appointments, Ms. Sullivan has held leadership positions in several organizations including The Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership Alumni Council, The Harvard Business School Association of Boston Board of Governors, and Even Ground, where she raised awareness for children in Africa orphaned by AIDS.  Ms. Sullivan is a term member on The Council on Foreign Relations.  Ms. Sullivan is a member of the Truman National Security Project and the 2014 HillVets 100.

Ms. Sullivan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a John F. Kennedy Fellow and a George Fellow.  Ms. Sullivan holds a BA from Northwestern University, which she completed on a Marine Corps ROTC scholarship.