Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel
President & CEO
Ken was most recently the deputy director of the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group at Google, which he helped establish when he joined the organization in 2012 as Corporate Vice President at Google/Motorola Mobility. From 2009 to 2012, Ken was the Deputy Director, and then Acting Director, of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the Department of Defense where he led an agency with an annual budget of $3B that is charged with managing the Department’s portfolio of its most cutting-edge projects to both create and avoid technology surprise.
Officers of the Corporation
Alexa Z. Adams
Secretary and General Counsel
Alexa joined Draper in 2015 as Senior Corporate Counsel responsible for Government programs, and was promoted to General Counsel in 2018. From 2007 to 2013, Alexa rose from Manager to Senior Manager of International Trade Compliance at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. Earlier in her career, Alexa served as an attorney in government and private practice focusing on regulatory compliance matters and related litigation.
Tara S. Clark
Vice President for Commercial
Tara joined Draper in 2016 to lead the commercial program office, with a focus on bioprocessing solutions for precision medicine. Formerly, she was general manager of North American Clinical Operations for Miltenyi Biotec and Director of Marketing for Baxter Healthcare Corporation. She was elected as the first industry representative to the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) Advisory Board, is an active Member of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASMBT) and was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as a “Woman to Watch in Science and Technology, 2017.”
Steven J. DiTullio
Vice President for Strategic Systems
Steve joined Draper in 1984 following a 5-year career in the U.S. Navy where he conducted five deterrent patrols while serving as a nuclear-trained officer on the USS George Bancroft. Upon joining Draper, he supported Draper’s Strategic System Program in positions of increasing responsibility before becoming vice president in 2012. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Fleet Ballistic Missile Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his accomplishments in support of the Navy’s strategic missile program.
Vice President for National Security & Space
Jen joined Draper in 2018 from Sierra Nevada Corporation, where she served as Vice President of Business Development for Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Systems since 2011. In that role, she built and sustained relationships across the DoD as well as commercial markets. Before her role at Sierra Nevada Corporation, Jen had an extensive career in the U.S. Army beginning in 1989. She was the first woman to graduate from flight school with distinguished honors and one of the first women to transition to combat aircraft.
Chief Administrative Officer
Before joining Draper in 2008, Beth was the chief financial officer at Harvard University, a $3 billion organization with 15,000 employees. As chief financial officer, she sat on the board of The Harvard Management Company with an endowment of $35 billion. She oversaw the planning for the Allston campus and served as the Harvard representative on the establishment of the Broad Institute in 2006. Beth is a CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Richard J. Russell
Vice President for Engineering
Rich became Vice President of Engineering at Draper in 2018, with a focus on developing technology and business strategies to advance Draper capabilities and ensure performance. Rich has been at Draper for over 30 years in line management positions in Engineering and Program Management. He has worked in many domains, including undersea manned and unmanned vehicles and space craft, as well as tracking, tagging and locating devices for harsh environments.
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