Our strategy and technology consultants have empowered our international clients with the knowledge and experience they need to build their own local resources and capabilities.
Our clients call upon us to work on their hardest problems—delivering effective health care, protecting warfighters and their families, keeping our national infrastructure secure, bringing into focus the traditional boundaries between consumer products and manufacturing as those boundaries blur.
Booz Allen was founded on the notion that we could help companies succeed by bringing them expert, candid advice and an outside perspective on their business. The analysis and perspective generated by that talent can be found in the case studies and thought leadership produced by our people.
We've come a long way delivering innovative solutions. But our next chapter is still being written.
Our 22,600 engineers, scientists, software developers, technologists, and consultants live to solve problems that matter. We’re proud of the diversity throughout our organization, from our most junior ranks to our board of directors and leadership team.
Executive Vice President Maria Darby builds on her extensive change management and strategic communications experience in leading implementation of the firm’s innovation blueprint and advancement of innovation culture. This includes building and driving innovation platforms and venues, building alliances with the external innovation ecosystem, training and deploying innovation ambassadors throughout the enterprise, and driving what we call “rapid solutioning.”
She is also responsible for the operations of the Booz Allen Innovation Center in Washington, DC, at the corner of "15th and Ideas" and the firm's extended iHub network in Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, and more.
Maria has more than 30 years of experience helping federal clients develop and implement communications and change management strategies. She served as thought leader and advisor on many Department of Defense communications plans and campaigns from Wounded Warrior to recruiting and retention of military personnel. She also supported messaging and stakeholder outreach for a number of Navy technology and operational initiatives; change management and communications efforts for human resources and personnel transformation within the Army, Air Force, and at the Office of the Secretary of Defense level; and Army science, technology, engineering, and math outreach programs.
She co-leads the Change Management Advanced Practitioner Program, a graduate level course at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She also managed the firm’s strategic communications business, which covers organizational communications, stakeholder relations, change communications, public and media relations, social media, and risk communications. She served as co-lead of the firm’s change management board where her responsibilities include leading training and professional development for the firm’s change management practitioners, and conducting outreach and engagement across industry on promoting and advancing the practice of change management. Maria also served as vice president of the Association of Change Management Practitioners, a professional association focused on advancing the practice of change management worldwide.
Before joining Booz Allen in 1998, Maria was a vice president at Advanced Technologies and Laboratories, Inc., vice president of Apex Technologies (1991- 1996), communications & outreach manager at Dynamac Corporation (1986-1991), and communications project lead for International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades (1980-1986). She graduated magnum cum laude with a B.A. in public communications from Wheeling Jesuit University in 1980, and is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America.
Profile updated January 2017