Sid Ashworth recently retired as corporate vice president of government relations for Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leader in global security.
In that role, she was responsible for providing effective guidance, coordination and support for all company relationships with the U.S. government. She provided strategic guidance and insights to inform business decisions, including long term planning and investment strategies. She was also a member of the company’s corporate policy council.
Ashworth joined Northrop Grumman from GE Aviation, where she was vice president of its Washington Operations. Prior to joining GE Aviation, she was principal of the Ashworth Group.
Also, since September 2020, she has been a Board Member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board, which serves as an independent advisor to Secretary of Defense on Reserve and National Guard matters.
She has more than 25 years of experience in the legislative and executive government branches, including 14 years as a professional staff member with the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. She also served as the staff directors of the Defense Subcommittee and the Military Construction Subcommittee on Appropriations. During Ashworth's tenure with the Defense Subcommittee, she was responsible for formulating funding and legislation recommendations for defense and intelligence spending in excess of $600 billion annually. She also worked as a civilian in the Department of the Army, focused on resource management, force structure, and strategy. She served as a Special Advisor to the Commanding General of US Army Pacific and led a senior task force to consolidate Army command and control throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Ashworth also held several senior analyst positions with Eighth US Army and US Forces Korea in which she took an active role in rebuilding and shaping the US military forces assigned to Korea.
Ashworth has also held positions at several academic institutions. She is a Senior Adviser with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and has served as an adjutant professor with the University of Maryland, Far East Division. She has appeared as a guest lecturer on the legislative process at Indiana University, The Brookings Institute, Georgetown University and was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government.
Ashworth earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Campbell University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Maryland.
She is the recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, Secretary of the Navy Medal for Distinguished Public Service, Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the National Guard Major General G.V. “Sonny Montgomery” Award. Ashworth serves on the Executive Committee of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). She also serves on the Board of the National Military Family Association and as a Trustee of the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
(As of Apr 2020)