As a senior intelligence technology executive, Melissa Sutherland drives Booz Allen’s support for intelligence and modernization across the Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Joint Combatant Commands. She provides leadership in the areas of scaling enterprise technology, analytics, cyber, and digital transformation for intelligence community organizations.
Melissa has more than 20 years of professional experience serving the defense and intelligence communities, specializing in the delivery of mission-critical software systems to the U.S. Government.
Prior to joining Booz Allen in 2007, Melissa served as the government civilian director of the Joint Intelligence Laboratory Experimentation Division in support of the Joint Transformation Command, Intelligence (JTC-I). There she led the conduct of intelligence experimentation and engineering design events on behalf of the intelligence community.
Her expertise includes managing a diverse division of innovation and experimentation project teams and the application of innovative information technology approaches to defense intelligence problems. While at JTC-I, she also served as government advisor on the Army Science Board, providing recommendations to the Secretary of the Army on scientific and technical engineering matters. In addition, Melissa served for 8 years as a signals intelligence officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, where she conducted real-time intelligence operations and commanded signals intelligence collection teams.
She is a certified cloud architect, change management practitioner, service-oriented architecture consultant, Agile SCRUM Master, and information technology infrastructure library practitioner. In 2012, she was awarded the Society of Women Engineers’ Emerging Leader Award.
Melissa holds an M.S. in telecommunications management from the University of Maryland University College and a B.S. in biology from the University of New Mexico.