Ashely Fagan is proud to wear a Pride pin. It’s one of the ways that he displays his values and lets others know that everyone is included and supported at Booz Allen. Ashely has wide ranging interests and abilities; he is an Air Force veteran, an experienced practitioner in the intelligence and national security community, and a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He also enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with his husband and his dog, Zaine.

Located in McLean, Virginia, Ashely has worked in various positions within national security for Booz Allen for 12 years. Ashely oversees about 75 employees across three geographic locations. As a project manager, Ashely is responsible for managing client relationships, business processes, and tactical sales and leading three contracts with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Before he joined Booz Allen, Ashely served on active duty in the Air Force for 6 years as an intelligence officer. Since then he has earned a master’s degree in national security from Johns Hopkins University and is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, where he is stationed in Germany during service. “Booz Allen has been fantastic helping me balance both careers,” Ashely says.

As an active member of GLOBE, Booz Allen’s LGBTQ forum, Ashely says his involvement has “enriched my professional experience and friendships across the firm.” Since Booz Allen is a big place, GLOBE has increased his exposure to various areas of the business and helped him build connections throughout the firm.

As part of GLOBE-hosted leadership panels that bring together LGBTQ partners to speak to staff, Ashely says he’s “found great mentors that have also helped me navigate my career.”

While the greater national security community may historically be seen as more conservative, Ashely says, “I always feel I can bring my true self to work. My team and leadership have been super supportive; I’ve brought my husband to work events and feel comfortable knowing that there’s an environment of inclusivity promoted from the top down.”

Ashely says his involvement in Booz Allen’s LGBTQ community has been an incredible asset to his career and network, and it’s also helped foster younger talent in the community looking to grow their careers. “Diversity—the LGBTQ community and beyond that—is one of the things I look for and consider as I’m growing teams.”

For those looking to expand their career in the national security space or otherwise, Ashely says to “use your network. It’s amazing how we’re all connected across the community.” Don’t be afraid to share your whole self with others. It can lead to a career that is in sync with each and every part of who you are.

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