Susan B. Chodakewitz is a highly recognized and accomplished Senior Executive with a proven track record of turning around, building and growing businesses. She possesses a very broad and diverse portfolio of accomplishments, having worked with the Federal Government and commercial industry, as well as international NGOs and non-profits. Ms. Chodakewitz has worked and studied abroad extensively, and has varying proficiency in Spanish, French and Russian. Ms. Chodakewitz’s success lies in her ability to operate at the strategic and tactical levels, work across numerous stakeholder communities, and communicate and motivate through both written and oral communication.
In May 2015, Ms. Chodakewitz joined Nathan Associates Inc., a private international consulting firm supporting a wide range of commercial and public sector clients in the U.S. and internationally, as President and CEO. In this capacity, she is restructuring, rebranding and repositioning the firm to promote growth, diversification of offerings and clients, and refresh the corporate culture. Ms. Chodakewitz serves on the Nathan Board of Directors, and is Chair of the Board of Nathan London, a subsidiary of the firm. Previously, Ms. Chodakewitz was the President of Tetra Tech AMT (AMT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tetra Tech, which served as the aviation management and information technology arm of an over $3.0 billion engineering services firm. In addition to restructuring AMT operations and processes, Ms. Chodakewitz also revitalized its financial performance, and significantly enhanced its brand, market position, and ability to recruit and retain outstanding and internationally recognized experts. She led all FAA business development and delivery activities, which culminated in various awards, including Best Large Business Contractor of the Year.
Prior to her selection as AMT’s lead executive in November 2006, Ms. Chodakewitz held a series of increasingly responsible executive positions at SAIC, including Senior Vice President, where she managed the strategic and daily operations of a $185 million business unit and directed key consulting areas. She also spent almost ten years at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, supporting a wide range of clients.
Among her numerous recognitions, Ms. Chodakewitz was named recently as a “Top 20 Global Women of Excellence” by Chicago’s 7th Congressional District. She also served on the US Delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India in November 2017, where she led a panel on women in STEM. At an event in Washington DC in June 2017, she led a panel on the future of development in the age of ‘smart power.’ Ms. Chodakewitz also received a “Business in Leadership Award” from The Women’s Center in April 2014 and spoke at the California Women’s Conference that same month. She also participated on an April 2013 United Nations Panel focused on “Women & Leadership in the Aerospace Sector.” Ms. Chodakewitz also won the SmartCEO Magazine’s Brava Award (2012), and was named as one of the “2011 Women Who Mean Business” by the Washington Business Journal. In addition, she was nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Ms. Chodakewitz has served as Chair of the Board of the Women in Aerospace (WIA), an international aerospace professional organization. She also is a member of the Board of The Women’s Center and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), where she chairs the Scholarship Committee. She was elected to the Board of Directors of SID, the Society for International Development, where she now chairs the Annual Conference. Most recently, she was appointed to the Boards of Excella, a technology firm that supports both the US Government and private industry, and Continent Mapping Consultants, which provides comprehensive geospatial services to worldwide markets. Ms. Chodakewitz is a frequent speaker on such topics as ‘soft power,’ Women in Leadership, and STEM; she is also interviewed regularly, such as her interview with Forbes.com. She has served as a mentor in various capacities, including Lehigh University’s Global Business Program, George Washington University’s Entrepreneurship Program and Women in Technology (WIT). Ms. Chodakewitz speaks on various business
issues, and spoke recently on various human capital topics to industry leaders; she has also been a guest on Executive Leadership Radio and presented to the DC Rainmakers. Ms. Chodakewitz is a frequent presenter and guest lecturer at industry and government conferences, such as meetings in Washington and the Philippines on Women in the Transportation sector, the Annual FAA National Conference and the Annual Airports Consultative Committee (ACC). She participated in the Marine Corp’s Executive Forum, and served as the Chair of the Panel Planning Committee for the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council on “Industry’s Role in Homeland Security/Defense.” She has authored over 40 publications and presentations.
Graduating with honors from Lehigh University in International Relations and Russian Studies, Ms. Chodakewitz holds a Master of Arts degree in Russian Studies from Columbia University. She also attended the Executive Management Program at the University of Chicago. Ms. Chodakewitz has done PhD-level coursework at the George Washington University.