Maura Corby Sullivan

Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Maura Corby Sullivan is a former Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, appointed by President Obama in 2014. Ms. Sullivan is a former Marine Corps Officer and Iraq War veteran.  

In addition to her service at the VA, Ms. Sullivan held a number of senior national security roles in the Obama Administration serving as the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, at the Pentagon. Ms. Sullivan led global teams of more than 2,500 civilian and military employees and served as a principal advisor to two cabinet-level secretaries on matters of Intergovernmental Affairs, Public Engagement, Communications, & Adaptive Sports, as well as Mental Health, Military Family, and Gender Integration policies. Ms. Sullivan was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award by the Secretary of the Navy.

Ms. Sullivan has significant management experience in the private sector having previously served as an executive at PepsiCo where she held a number of general management roles, including leadership of multiple regional food & beverage retail businesses spanning Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and the greater New England area.  

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. The Commission was accountable to the President and to Congress for the management of more than 40 U.S. government teams and sites in 15 countries. Ms. Sullivan also served as a trustee of the Soldiers' Home of Chelsea, MA, appointed by Governor Deval Patrick. 

In addition to her public appointments, Ms. Sullivan has held leadership positions in several organizations including The Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership, The Harvard Business School Association of New England, 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 and was named by HillVets to the Top 100 National List of Influential Veteran Leaders in 2014. Ms. Sullivan has lectured at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, published in The Hill, and has appeared on PBS News Hour and in Fortune Magazine.

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, George Fellow, and Teaching Assistant to David R. Gergen. Ms. Sullivan holds a BA from Northwestern University, which she completed on a Marine Corps ROTC scholarship.