Captain Dawn Halfaker (retired) is the current President of the Wounded Warrior Project's Board of Directors. Prior to this election in 2011, she served as the Vice President of the Board. She is a combat-wounded veteran of the war in Iraq. Before joining WWP, she founded Halfaker and Associates in 2006, which offers information technology, operational security, program management, and logistical solutions for government clients. She has served in multiple leadership positions across the globe and deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division, where she commanded a military police platoon. In 2004, she was wounded during a combat patrol outside of Baghdad. She earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Ms. Halfaker served as military liaison to the House Armed Services Committee, advising the chair on Department of Defense issues and legislation. In 2005, she worked with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where she initiated research to provide advanced capabilities to warfighters and the military. She also serves on the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Committee for OIF/OEF soldiers and families, focusing on the improvement of VA policies and care of veterans. Ms. Halfaker is also a member of the Advisory Board for Humana military Health Systems, ThanksUSA, and Paradox Sports.
Ms. Halfaker earned a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University. In 2012 she was recognized as an Ernst & Young Greater Washington Entrepreneur of the Year ® Award Winner, Aspen Institute Scholar Award winner, Civilian Job's Most Valuable Employer for Military, Women in Technology Leadership Award Winner, Heroine in Technology Finalist. In 2011, she was named as one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and one of Worth Magazine's Top Entrepreneurs to Watch. She has been featured on HBO, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, Huffington Post, and The New York Times.