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Becky Nolan
Executive Vice President
AFCE
A International

 

Becky Nolan has served as Executive Vice President, AFCEA International, since the dawn of the New Millennium.  In this capacity, she is a primary back-up to the President.  She also oversees development of the Association's long-term strategic goals, is responsible for exploring new opportunities for growth and development, and coordinates annual updates to the Strategic and 500-Day Plans.  Promotion, marketing, media relations and public affairs all fall within her area of responsibility.  As such, she coordinates AFCEA's marketing initiatives, including market research and analysis, and the development and implementation of promotional strategies and campaigns.

Ms. Nolan joined the AFCEA International Headquarters staff in September 1981.  She began her AFCEA career as Director of the AFCEA Building Service Corporation (BSC), the title-holding corporation that handles the Association's real estate transactions.  In this position, she was responsible for the design, planning, construction and outfitting of both the first Headquarters building in Burke Centre, Virginia, and the current facility at Fair Lakes, Virginia. 

In 1987, Ms. Nolan became Director of Planning and Development; in 1992, Senior Director, Plans and Development; in 1996, Vice President, Plans; and then in 1998 was promoted to Executive Vice President, Plans.  

Her functional responsibilities cut horizontally across the full spectrum of AFCEA activities.  In this unique position, she has been an integral part of AFCEA's outreach program beyond its traditional defense orientation.  She was a leader in AFCEA's information technology expansion, and a proponent of the importance of providing services and activities that transcend traditional government lines.  She has played a key role in creating and implementing a number of non-defense forums, including AFCEA’s annual Virtual Government Conference – now the Homeland Security Conference -- which has become a cornerstone of the government IT Calendar; the GSA/FTS Network Services Conference; and the annual DISA Customer Conference.  In recognition of her singular contributions to the government-industry IT community, she received Federal Computer Week's Fed 100 Award both in 1994 and 1997.  

In addition to her marketing duties, she has served since September 1988 in the AFCEA Board Officer position of International Secretary.  In this capacity, she serves as the primary staff interface with the Chairman of the Board, Executive Committee and Board of Directors. 

Ms. Nolan earned a BA degree in English and German from The College of William and Mary in 1968.  She served in the Peace Corps in Bangkok, Thailand, as an English professor at the graduate level.  On her return to the States, she worked as a substitute teacher in the Alexandria, Virginia, secondary school system, while creating and directing a preschool educational program in her home.  After owning and managing an antique shop – Ms. Hubbard’s Cupboard – Ms. Nolan ventured into the retail industry with Bloomingdale's in 1976, where she began by opening the first Bloomie’s in the Washington area.  She worked in Washington, DC, and New York City as a department manager and regional buyer in housewares, stationery, and home furnishings.  She also was a home furnishings buyer for both Garfinckel's and Lord and Taylor.   

Ms. Nolan is widowed, with two daughters, and five very special grandchildren. Her husband Paul was a retired government worker, who had worked for the Library of Congress for 37 years. A former marathoner, she still runs 50-60 miles per week, and is an avid cross-stitcher.  She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, but her favorite place in the world?  Duck, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina!



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