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Debra Wada
Vice Chair for Military Service, former Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs

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Ms. Wada currently serves as CEO of Senshi Ame Advisors LLC, a government consulting firm that provides strategic advice to corporations and organizations seeking to engage with Congress and the Department of Defense. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Wada served as the Assistant Secretary of Manpower and Reserves Affairs for the United States Army. As Assistant Secretary, she led the effective and efficient management of Army military and civilian personnel, training, and readiness policies for over 1.2 million soldiers and Army civilians. She also oversaw morale, welfare, and recreation programs, including health care, that supported over 2 million Army families. Prior to her appointment by President Obama, Ms. Wada spent over 25 years in Congress, including more than a decade of experience on the House Armed Services Committee, where she served as Deputy Staff Director, Lead Military Personnel Staff, and professional staff member. As Deputy Staff Director, she developed and executed the national security objectives of the Committee and directed the day-to-day operations and overall management of 74 professional and administrative personnel. As Lead Staff and professional staff member, Ms. Wada had responsibility for military personnel programs and policies. She graduated from Drake University with a B.A. in economics and political science.