Joan Avalyn Dempsey

Executive Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

Ms. Joan Dempsey is an Executive Vice President in Booz Allen Hamilton’s defense business where she leads firm-wide growth and functional integration initiatives.

Previously, she led the firm’s largest defense and intelligence accounts and was responsible for strategic development, execution, and day-to-day operations in each account. She is a member of the firm’s Sensitive Risk Review Board and for several years led the firm’s participation in the Aspen Ideas Fest where she continues as a frequent panelist on defense issues, cybersecurity and cyber operations, and women in leadership panels.

During a 25-year career in the federal government, she held political appointments twice: first, in the Clinton Administration upon Senate Confirmation, she served as the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence for Community Management; and, in the Bush Administration as the Executive Director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

Ms. Dempsey also spent 17 years as a senior civilian in the Department of Defense as Deputy Director of Intelligence at the Defense Intelligence Agency, as Director of the General Defense Intelligence Program, and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security. She began her federal civilian service in 1983 as a Presidential Management Intern in the Office of Naval Intelligence. She also served for 25 years as a naval reserve intelligence officer and was on active duty as a U.S. Navy cryptologic technician.

Ms. Dempsey was the 2004 recipient of the Security Affairs Support Association William O. Baker Award. She was also granted an honorary doctorate in 2004 from the Joint Military Intelligence College. She is a recipient of the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, the Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Secretary of Defense, and The American University Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership. She is a member of the board of USGIF, the NSA Cryptologic Museum, and the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation.

Ms. Dempsey is a Special Advisor to the U.S. Strategic Command and chairs the Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Panel of the Command’s Strategic Advisory Committee.