Maura C. Sullivan serves as Chief Executive Officer at the Warrior-Scholar Project, a dynamic national non-profit that empowers servicemembers as they transition from the military to higher education. She is a former U.S. Marine Corps Officer and Iraq Veteran. Sullivan’s leadership and service spans the military, government, private, and non-profit sectors.
Before joining The Warrior-Scholar Project, Sullivan served as an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs, appointed by President Obama. Additionally, she served in the Obama Administration at the Pentagon as an Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, where she was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award. Prior to her service in Washington, Sullivan served as an executive at PepsiCo in New England, where she held a number of general management roles. Her service in the Marines includes tours in Iraq and Southeast Asia. In 2018, Sullivan was a candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.
Sullivan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a George Fellow and Co-President of Harvard Business School’s Armed Forces Alumni Association. Sullivan holds a BA from Northwestern University, which she completed on a Marine Corps ROTC scholarship.
In 2010 President Obama appointed Sullivan as a Commissioner on The American Battle Monuments Commission, responsible for America’s overseas military cemeteries and memorials. Sullivan is the Co-Founder and former Co-Chairperson of the Harvard Center for Public Leadership Alumni Council. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French-American Foundation Young Leader.
Sullivan is proud to call Portsmouth, New Hampshire her home.