Shelly O’Neill Stoneman is the Vice President for Executive Branch and International Government Relations for BAE Systems, Inc. and its businesses, which collectively employ approximately 33,800 employees in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden and Israel, and generated 2018 revenues of $10.8 billion. She is the company’s primary liaison to the Executive Branch, including the Pentagon, State Department, Intelligence Community, and the White House. She also supports the company covering foreign military sales and direct commercial sales through engagement with the U.S. government and foreign embassies.
Ms. Stoneman has a distinguished career of nearly 15 years of public service in a variety of government and non-profit roles. Prior to joining BAE Systems in 2013, she served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and White House Liaison for Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates, Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel, advising them on a variety of sensitive matters, including the nearly 300 presidential appointments at the Pentagon.
From 2009 until 2011, Ms. Stoneman worked in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, where she served as Special Assistant to the President and was responsible for the defense and national security legislative portfolio. She worked closely with the White House, National Security Council, Department of Defense, and Congress on a variety of policy issues, including the defense budget, acquisition reform, the repeal of the “Don't Ask Don't Tell” policy, detention policy reform, efforts to enhance cyber security, and all key presidential national security priorities.
From 2003 to 2009, she worked for Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ), serving as both his Deputy Chief of Staff and managing his Appropriations Committee responsibilities. Earlier, she worked as a research consultant in Macedonia and Montenegro for the Small Arms Survey. She also worked for the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on International Security, Proliferation, and Federal Services focusing on arms control and missile defense.
Ms. Stoneman earned her Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and has a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, as well as a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma’s Program in Europe. She serves on the Board of Directors for both the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and Food for Others; additionally, she is a member of Advisory Council to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). She is married to Jason Stoneman and they live with their two children in Arlington, VA.