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Juliana Vida

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Juliana Vida

Meet Juliana

Juliana Vida is the vice president of growth for the defense sector at ManTech, where she leads the business development, capture and proposal operations teams in addition to developing strategic plans and supervising client-focused planning with an eye on defense sector growth.

Prior to joining ManTech, Vida was group vice president and chief strategy advisor for the public sector at Splunk, and a Vice President at IT research giant Gartner in the Executive Programs practice, advising and coaching federal government Chief Information Officers (CIO) and IT senior leaders.

Before her career pivot to technology in the private sector, she served honorably for 24 years in the US Navy, retiring as a Commander in 2012. Initially a top student in Russian at the Defense Language Institute, she switched tracks to the Officer community and entered the US Naval Academy. Earning her commission in 1994, she then served 20 years as Surface Warfare Officer and Naval Aviator (helicopter pilot), serving in various combat ships and helicopter squadrons. Her highest military award is the Navy Air Medal, recognizing her superior airmanship and bravery in armed conflict, earned during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in the earliest days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Her final role in government was as the Navy’s Deputy Chief Information Officer in the Pentagon, where she led policy and governance over technology investments and implementation and cybersecurity.

Juliana serves on several advisory boards in both the defense and higher education sectors. She is the fourth woman in USNA history to be elected as a Trustee on the US Naval Academy Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees, where she represents the highest concentration of living Naval Academy alumni in the Maryland/Virginia/Washington DC region. She gives freely of her time mentoring and guiding transitioning military veterans of all ranks as they leave the service for private industry, helping them identify their skills, talents and desires to pursue their best lives after the military. Passionate about supporting and encouraging women and girls in technology, she also volunteers and speaks at events to encourage pursuit of STEM career fields, building confidence, and learning through setbacks.

A lover of word puzzles and trivia games, she is a former champion of two televised game shows, “The Weakest Link” and “Wheel of Fortune.”


BS United States Naval Academy

MS University of San Diego

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