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Sid Ashworth serves as the Vice Chair of the National Military Family Association, a member of the Council of Directors of the Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, and is a Trustee of the Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation.
She 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.
Ms. Ashworth previously worked at GE Aviation, where she was Vice President of its Washington Operations. She was also the principal of the Ashworth Group and as a Board Member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board.
Also, she was a Board Member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) serving as an Independent advisor to Secretary of Defense on Reserve and National Guard matters from September 2020 until February 2021 and resumed serving on the RFPB in June 2022.
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 her tenure with the Defense Subcommittee, Ms. Ashworth 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 U.S. Army Pacific and led a senior task force to consolidate Army command and control throughout the Asia-Pacific region. She also held several senior analyst positions with Eighth U.S. Army and U.S. Forces Korea in which she took an active role in rebuilding and shaping the U.S. military forces assigned to Korea.
Ms. 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 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. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Strategic Assessments think tank.
Ms. 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. She served as a past Chair of the National Defense Industrial Association and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
(As of June 2022)