Mary Clare Gumbleton




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Industry Experience:
•    Defense – 12 years across Department of Defense (DOD), with Top Secret Separate Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance work, working in Joint environments, information operations and cyber security
•    Unites States Federal Government – 8 years as an employee, 12 years as a business person
•    Political – 14 years with campaigns, campaign committees, and as a political appointee.  
Functional Experience:

  • Member of Senior Leadership Team at US Department of Education – Participated in strategic policy decisions that impacted thousands of educators and students as well as personnel management involving union workers, federal government management and political appointees.  
  • Advisor to Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding psychological warfare, cross-cultural multi-lingual communications, cyber security, measure the effectiveness of communications campaigns, and other classified matters within the Department of Defense civilian and military infrastructure.
  • Successful entrepreneur, founder, owner and CEO of successful strategic communications company focused in the Defense industry, including US Central Command (CENTCOM) as significant client. Built the company from scratch to more than $20 million in annual revenue over the course of 5 years.

Key Business Transactional Experience:

  • Establishment of small business, including federal government registration in socio-economic status of small woman owned, minority owned, veteran owned; clear understanding of federal Government Services Administration (GSA) rate schedules.
  • Lessons learned on corporate governance based on illegal activity of business partner that was resolved in court. Developed clear understanding of corporate governance and by-laws, vetting partners, risk mitigation with fast growth companies, personnel management, etc.  

What is the most important skill you bring to a corporate board?

  • Technical skills:  Global experience, Business operations, Business Development, Federal government sales and contract management, Federal procurement processes and strategies
  • Interpersonal skills: Willingness to listen and learn, inclusive management and decision-making style, commitment to providing value to shareholders by bringing transparency, savvy business know-how, willingness to challenge ideas and find solutions to achieve business goals.