Govini CEO Tara Murphy Dougherty Joins National Defense University Foundation’s Board of Directors

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Defense University (NDU) Foundation has announced the appointment of Tara Murphy Dougherty to its board of directors. Ms. Murphy Dougherty’s extensive leadership experience in both the private and public sectors will enhance the Foundation’s ongoing support of NDU, the nation’s preeminent education institution for advanced national security strategy and leadership development. As a member of the NDU Foundation Board, she will serve on the Development Committee with a focus on increasing the Foundation’s overall level of partnership, programmatic, and resource support to the esteemed university.

“We are proud to welcome Tara Murphy Dougherty to our Board of Directors,” said NDU Foundation Chairman of the Board, Rear Admiral Mike Manazir, USN (Ret.). “Tara’s national security expertise, combined with a keen understanding of the emerging technologies and capabilities that will be essential to NDU’s future national security leaders, make her a powerful and transformative addition to our Board.”

“Having been part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and now as CEO of Govini, an innovative data science company, Tara understands the opportunities and challenges NDU faces to accelerate cooperation and integration with the private sector on matters critical to national security,” stated James Schmeling J.D., President & CEO of the National Defense University Foundation. “We look forward to working with her as our newest Member of the NDU Foundation Board of Directors.”

Ms. Murphy Dougherty has held leadership positions in technology across industry, government, and non-profit sectors, including at Palantir Technologies and serving as Chief of Staff for Global Strategic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She holds a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

“NDU Foundation’s vision and values are inspiring. Bringing together key defense leaders to create cutting-edge learning experiences is a critical component of strengthening our country’s national security goals,” commented Ms. Murphy Dougherty. “I look forward to collaborating with such an accomplished team.”

In addition to Rear Admiral Manazir, NDU Foundation’s board of directors includes defense leaders such as Mr. Robert Spring, Esq., and Lt. General William J. Bender (Ret.) USAF.

About Govini

Govini is a decision science company whose mission is to advance U.S. competitiveness through dynamic data and machine learning.

Govini’s unique dataset and decision science platform are utilized at scale across the OSD, Joint Staff, military departments, and defense agencies to help implement core tenets of the National Defense Strategy. With Govini, DoD’s data scientists and analysts solve challenges pertaining to strategic portfolio analysis, resource analysis, industrial base assessments, science and technology surveillance, and supply chain analysis. These capabilities enable defense leaders to achieve superior innovation and modernization outcomes on shorter timelines and at a lower cost than traditional methods.

Govini has offices in Arlington, Virginia, San Francisco, California, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

About the National Defense University (NDU) Foundation

The National Defense University (NDU) Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, philanthropic organization, was established to provide critical support to the National Defense University’s five premier post-graduate accredited colleges. Like any publicly funded university, NDU relies on private funding and partnerships to bridge and augment its public funding. These investments provide NDU with the “margin of excellence” necessary for the world’s premier institution for military, civilian, defense, and private sector national security professionals.

The National Defense University is the University of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and rigorously pursues the Chairman’s vision for advanced national security strategy, leadership development, and professional military education. NDU prepares promising civilian and military professionals from the U.S. and over 75 allied countries to serve as tomorrow’s problem solvers, decision makers, and critical thinkers at the highest levels of command in military, government, and key industry sectors. Together, NDU and the Foundation continue to help build the intellectual overmatch required to ensure our nation’s domestic and international security.


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