Ashely Fagan proudly dons a Pride pin. It’s just one way he showcases his values and assures others that Booz Allen is an inclusive space for all. Ashely is no doubt multifaceted: He’s a U.S. Air Force veteran, an experienced practitioner in the intelligence and national security community, and a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He’s also someone who enjoys traveling with his husband, cooking, and coming home to the greeting of his dog, Zaine.
Based in Denver, Colorado, after recently relocating from the DC area, Ashely has worked at Booz Allen for 13 years in a variety of roles within national security. As a project manager supporting the National Reconnaissance Office, he leads three contracts within the Operations and Communications portfolio overseeing about 65 employees across five geographic locations and is responsible for managing client relationships, business processes, and tactical sales.
Additionally, Ashely serves as one of three chiefs of staff for the executive vice president and client service officer supporting the defense, military intelligence, and space account. In this role, he leads a variety of internal workstreams aimed at enhancing recruiting, retention, and the overall employee experience within his market group. Previously, he was a project manager supporting multiple contracts at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Joint Staff, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Prior to joining Booz Allen, Ashely served on active duty in the Air Force for 6 years as an intelligence officer. He’s since earned a master’s degree in national security from Johns Hopkins University and is now a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve, which stations him in Germany during service. “Booz Allen has been fantastic helping me balance both careers,” Ashely says.
As an active member of GLOBE+, our LGBTQ+ employee forum, Ashely says his involvement has “enriched my professional experience and friendships across the firm.” Booz Allen is a big place and GLOBE+ has exposed him to different areas of business and helped him make connections firmwide.
As part of GLOBE+ hosted leadership panels that bring together LGBTQ+ partners to speak to employees, Ashely says he’s “found great mentors that have also helped me navigate my career.”
While the greater national security community may historically be seen as more conservative, Ashely says, “I always feel I can bring my true self to work. My team and leadership have been super supportive; I’ve brought my husband to work events and feel comfortable knowing that there’s an environment of inclusivity promoted from the top down.”
Ashely says his involvement in Booz Allen's LGBTQ+ community has been an incredible asset to his career and network, and it’s also helped foster younger talent in the community looking to grow their careers. “Diversity—the LGBTQ+ community and beyond that—is one of the things I look for and consider as I’m growing teams.”
For those looking to expand their career in the national security space or otherwise, Ashely says, “Use your network. It’s amazing how we’re all connected across the community.” Don’t be afraid to share your whole self with others. It can lead to a career that is in sync with each and every part of who you are.