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Allyson Solomon, Carl Woog, and Sharon Burke are profiled.

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Sarah Mimms
Dec. 3, 2015, 3:37 p.m.

Allyson So­lomon
Na­tion­al Guard Youth Found­a­tion

After more than 30 years in the Mary­land Na­tion­al Guard, Allyson So­lomon took a re­lated lead­er­ship role in Oc­to­ber, as pres­id­ent of the Na­tion­al Guard Youth Found­a­tion. The non­profit raises money and aware­ness for the Na­tion­al Guard Youth Chal­lenge Pro­gram, which ment­ors 16- to 18-year-old school dro­pouts. “I look at us as the place that tries to add sup­port to the Chal­lenge Pro­gram that the fed­er­al and state money doesn’t provide,” So­lomon, 55, says. Be­fore join­ing the found­a­tion, So­lomon, a nat­ive of Trin­id­ad and To­bago who grew up in Bal­timore, rose to as­sist­ant ad­jut­ant gen­er­al in the Mary­land Air Na­tion­al Guard. So­lomon was the first wo­man and first Afric­an-Amer­ic­an ever to reach that rank. She served in that role for al­most sev­en years.
(Photo by Chet Suss­lin)


Carl Woog
De­fense De­part­ment

In his five years at the De­fense De­part­ment, Carl Woog has served un­der all four of Pres­id­ent Obama’s De­fense sec­ret­ar­ies. He star­ted his latest job in Oc­to­ber, as a seni­or ad­viser to sec­ret­ary No. 4, Ashton Carter. The 33-year-old Woog de­scribes his job as hav­ing a broad man­date, in­clud­ing help­ing Carter “man­age the day-to-day and think about the fu­ture,” mind­ful that the ad­min­is­tra­tion has barely a year left in its ten­ure. Woog also helps the sec­ret­ary with his for­ays bey­ond the Pentagon, such as Carter’s re­cent trip to Sil­ic­on Val­ley to dis­cuss de­fense tech­no­logy and re­build the tech in­dustry’s trust after Ed­ward Snowden’s na­tion­al se­cur­ity leaks. Woog, who hails from Phoenix, Ari­zona, pre­vi­ously served as deputy as­sist­ant to the sec­ret­ary of De­fense for com­mu­nic­a­tions. He got his start in polit­ics work­ing for John Kerry’s pres­id­en­tial cam­paign in 2004.
(Photo by Chet Suss­lin)


Shar­on Burke
Pew Char­it­able Trusts

After four years with power over the De­fense De­part­ment’s en­ergy costs, Shar­on Burke is bring­ing what she learned to the Pew Char­it­able Trusts. Burke, 49, joined Pew in June as an ad­viser for the think tank’s pro­ject on na­tion­al se­cur­ity, en­ergy, and cli­mate. She is con­duct­ing re­search to help DOD think about how the en­vir­on­ment af­fects its mil­it­ary mis­sion—the im­pact of cli­mate change on coastal bases, for ex­ample. “DOD is a busi­ness at the end of the day, and it’s a very big busi­ness,” Burke says. “En­ergy is a vari­able cost, and it’s a cost to be man­aged.” At DOD, Burke was the as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary for op­er­a­tion­al en­ergy, where she re­viewed the de­fense budget and de­clared it ac­cept­able—or not—in terms of its en­ergy costs. The Los Angeles nat­ive also works as a seni­or ad­viser at the New Amer­ica Found­a­tion, a D.C. think tank.
(Katye Martens/Pew Char­it­able Trusts)


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