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About David A. Bray

• LEADER serving BEST in ambiguous, uncertain situations requiring reasoned, intelligent, transformative results; led (1) teams of 400+ professionals; (2) $400M+ budget formulations; (3) White House and international governance activities on cyber-related challenges and opportunities. Pioneered first-ever bipartisan Congressional Commission reviewing R&D efforts of the entire U.S. Intelligence Community and its unclassified multibillion dollar budget. Led Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program’s tech response to 9/11, anthrax, West Nile, SARS, monkeypox, and other international outbreaks. Deployed to Afghanistan and awarded DOD’s Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award, highest-ranking joint civilian service award under authority of combatant commanders, in 2010. Transformed Federal Communication Commission’s legacy IT with 207+ systems, to award-winning tech in less than two years; led change in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost.
• TRANFORMATIVE EXECUTIVE and champion of “change agents” across sectors. Served as Senior Executive starting in 2010; Executive Director for interagency team receiving Nat'l Intel Meritorious Unit Citation and awarded by the DNI the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal for leadership in 2013. Awarded Arthur S. Flemming award for leadership in 2012 and selected as one of two senior executives to receive the Roger W. Jones award in 2013. Received 2011 Emory University Alumni Luminary and 2007 Emory College Distinguished Arts and Science Alumni Award. Named a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2014 and an Eisenhower Fellow to Taiwan and Australia in 2015. Awarded “Fedscoop 50” in 2014 and FCW’s “Fed 100” as FCC CIO in 2015.


Present Visiting Associate at NDU, Visiting Associate at the University of Oxford, Council on Foreign Relations, Eisenhower Fellow, National Defense University

Honors and Awards

  • Received National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal for Congressional Commission role in 2013
  • Public Commendation by Intelligence and Nat’l Security Alliance’s “Intelligence to Protect the Homeland: Taking Stock Ten Years Later and Looking Ahead” report in 2011
  • McKinsey's “Top Ten Business Trends To Watch” in 2010
  • IBM Center for the Business of Gov’t Grant in 2010
  • “Best Cyber Presentation” Award from Gov’t Technology Research Alliance in 2010
  • Visiting Associate faculty with Nat’l Defense University’s Info. Resource Mgmt College starting in 2009
  • Invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in 2008
  • Awarded “Best Paper, KM Track” and nominated for best paper overall at ICIS in 2007

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