Mara Motherway is a widely recognized public policy expert and business leader. She leads Peraton Corporation’s strategy and engagement with the legislative branch, the executive branch, state and local officials, think tanks, and trade associations. Before joining industry, Motherway served her country on active duty as a U.S. naval officer for over two decades. She served in combat operations in the Middle East, led the acquisition oversight for a $30 billion U.S. government satellite and special communications portfolio, and was the legislative affairs director for the Defense Intelligence Agency. Since joining industry, she has led a $300 million P&L portfolio, established a government relations enterprise from the ground up for a fortune 500 company, and is a thought leader on defense acquisition and reform. A tireless advocate for military veterans and families, she continues to serve on boards and promote the wellness and successful transition of America’s military community.