Karen Dahut

Member, CNAS Board of Directors

Chief Executive Officer, Google Public Sector

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As CEO of Google Public Sector (GPS), Ms. Karen Dahut helps U.S. state, local, and federal agencies, and educational institutions accelerate their digital transformations. With her charge leading GPS, she works to bring Google technology to solve complex problems for U.S. public sector institutions. These technologies include Google’s data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) platform; infrastructure services for storage, compute, and networking; cybersecurity solutions; and Google Workspace for collaboration and communication. Karen was previously sector president at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led the company’s $4 billion global defense business—representing half of the firm’s annual revenue—and global commercial business sector, which delivered next-generation cybersecurity solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Under her leadership, Booz Allen became the premier digital integrator, helping federal agencies use technology in support of their missions.

Karen also has deep experience in building innovative solutions that help organizations tackle their toughest challenges. For example, at Booz Allen, she served as chief innovation officer and built the firm’s Strategic Innovation Group, which delivered new capabilities in cybersecurity, data science, and digital technologies.

Karen began her career as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

A respected and recognized public speaker and author, she’s an expert on technology, the future of work, innovation, and inclusive leadership.

Also an experienced board director for nonprofit and private organizations, she serves on the boards of Dexcom, Eisner Advisory Group, and previously served on Tech Data Corporation’s board. She is a trustee of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and serves as a board member for the Viterbi School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California.

Karen received a bachelor’s of science degree in finance from Mount St. Mary's University and a master’s degree in systems management from the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her family

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