Senior vice president Nicole Funk leads Booz Allen Hamilton’s efforts in support of the firm's U.S. military and defense clients. Booz Allen, headquartered in nearby McLean, Va., provides management consulting and technology services to the U.S. government, corporations and not-for-profits.
Ms. Funk joined Booz Allen in 1993 when fewer than 5,000 employees worked at the firm. In fact, she was one of three staffers who opened the Aberdeen office in 1995. Fast forward to 2012 – today, Booz Allen has more than 25,000 employees around the world. The Aberdeen office has grown from three to 400, and Booz Allen occupies two buildings at the Water’s Edge complex in Belcamp in Harford County.
Ms. Funk earned her M.S. in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins and B.S. in biology from Frostburg State University. Her passion for science led her to teach in Prince George’s County Public Schools. She worked with Booz Allen for 11 years and then she pursued other opportunities in her field to include a position as IT senior program manager at Northrop Grumman, where she led the RDECOM and Integration Support Services (PAISS) programs.
In 2005, she rejoined Booz Allen.
A recognized defense expert, today Ms. Funk supports clients in government research, development, and engineering. Her focus ranges from chemical, biological, and nuclear defense efforts to munitions to aviation and missiles and space. She strives to equip her team members with the tools to be successful. She believes that if employees have been given the tools, they then can choose how to use them, and move forward.
In addition to her leadership roles within Booz Allen, Ms. Funk is a Director for the Aberdeen Proving Ground Army Alliance; is an executive board member of the Greater Harford Committee; is a member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA); and is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Harford County. In Dec. 2011, she was profiled by I-95 Business magazine as a local business leader.
Ms. Funk is an active participant in Booz Allen community education and partnership programs. Recently the Aberdeen office delivered 100 backpacks of school supplies to Edgewood Elementary, as well as sponsored the Aberdeen AUSA golf tournament to support Wounded Warriors and heroes in the local area. The office also supports SARC (Safety, Awareness, Resources, Change), and routinely assists the clean-up roadways. Booz Allen’s support of education- and youth-based initiatives is driven by its employees, and aligned to their interests.
Married since 1992, she and husband Tim Funk have two children, Matthew, 11, and Kaitlyn, 8. Ms. Funk relishes her dual role as mom to two busy elementary-schoolers and Booz Allen senior vice president.