Alexis Lasselle Ross

Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group
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Alexis Lasselle Ross

Drawing upon a two-decade career as an executive in both the public and private sectors, Ross offers deep expertise on the Department of Defense’s acquisition system, the U.S. defense-industrial base, and the planning and execution of large-scale change within complex organizations. Most recently, Ross performed strategic planning at a large defense prime, advising corporate leadership on managing critical issues and navigating government business. Prior to entering the private sector, Ross served in a variety of senior positions in both the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government. She served as the deputy chief of staff to the secretary of defense, the deputy assistant secretary of the army for strategy and acquisition reform, and the acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. Ross also held positions at the House Armed Services Committee as a professional staff member, at the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, and as a civil servant advising senior Army leadership in the Pentagon.

Ross actively contributes to both the public policy and business communities. She is a subject matter expert supporting the Army Science Board, a non-resident senior fellow at the National Defense Industrial Association, a member of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS), and a principal at Pallas Advisors. Ross received a doctorate in public policy from George Mason University, a master of science in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and a bachelor of arts in international relations from Bucknell University.