Al Di Leonardo
Veteran, Entrepreneur, Board Member
Al Di Leonardo is an experienced intelligence and special operations officer who utilized his military training to successfully found and sell two companies in the private and public marketplaces. He is widely recognized as a subject matter expert in analytical tradecraft.
With more than 25 years of combined government experience with concentration in the Intel Community, he retired out of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as a career United States Army Intelligence Officer. Prior to JSOC, Al specialized as a Signals Intelligence Officer and spent almost a decade inside the National Security Agency (NSA). He earned the Bronze Star Medal from U.S. Special Operations Command for his work in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He served as the Director of U.S. Special Operations Command’s first big data geospatial analytics and innovation cell named Skope, where he became widely known across the Intel Community for his special operations intel team’s success with geospatial analytics. He also served overseas in support of operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Africa, Korea, and the Balkans throughout his career.
Al retired from the Army and founded HumanGeo, an innovative software and analytics company focused on technical solutions at the intersection of big data, social media, and geo-location intelligence that enabled change in the government marketplace. He served as CEO, creating the vision and path to grow the team from a start-up to a recognized technology brand name within the Defense and Intelligence sector. The company developed the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Nerd Brigade and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Rapid Feedback Teams. HumanGeo was routinely recognized as a Best Places to Work in Virginia, Best Places To Work for Millennials while also being named Arlington’s Fastest Growing Company.
The Radiant Group acquired HumanGeo, and Al led the integration of several disparate organizations into a more seamless company while rebranding the team as “Radiant”. As President of “Radiant”, Al executed the integration of operational technical capabilities while simultaneously implementing the mission and vision across all five business units. He grew Radiant’s annual revenue more than 20% to over $125M prior to selling to Digital Globe. Along with Aston Capital, Al helped negotiate and implement the sale of Radiant into Digital Globe, and Maxar who later acquired Digital Globe brought back the “Radiant” name.
Al holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University. In addition to the USGIF Board, Al also currently serves as a board member on the following non-profit boards: The American Geographical Society, The Global Special Operations Foundation, The George Washington University’s Data Analytic Masters program, and The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation. Originally from Connecticut, Al, his spouse Melissa, and their two daughters reside in Arlington, Virginia.