Chris Menza is a leader for Booz Allen's National Agencies clients. She has more than 20 years of commercial and government experience across a number of industries, including commercial aviation manufacturing and prototype development/strategy consulting for government R&D agencies.
Her areas of focus are R&D strategy, program management, and leading teams that develop technical solutions and prototypes for government clients. Chris has supported the Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency (DARPA), the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), and the National Geospatial Agency (NGA) with a focus on the technology and research directorates.
Since joining our firm in 2004, she has been key in supporting multiple DARPA executive leaders by leveraging subject matter experts and consulting expertise to help develop strategic plans for new offices. She also led the first contractor team supporting the stand-up of IARPA. For NGA, Chris leads the infrastructure that incubates teams responsible for creating and executing technical solutions for NGA Research and the technology directorates.
Prior to Booz Allen, Chris was a program manager at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems S&T Division leading R&D teams focused on building prototypes for DARPA and the Office of Naval Research. One such project was the integration and building of a prototype system (software radio payload on an unmanned aerial vehicle) for beyond the line of site/over the horizon communications. Prior to Northrop, Chris was at TRW managing the strategic business unit responsible for manufacturing, repairing, and overhauling assemblies for commercial aircraft.
Chris serves on the board of Family PASS, a nonprofit that helps families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The organization specializes in connecting them with the support services needed to become self-sufficient.
Chris graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in psychology and Georgia State with an M.S. in logistics management.