Kathy Roth-Douquet is an advocate for the role of the military in civil society; she is a nonprofit leader, attorney and former government official. She is currently the CEO of Blue Star Families, the largest Chapter-based nonprofit organization serving active duty of all branches, Guard and Reserve, wounded, & transitioning veterans & their families. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, her MPA in International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University where she held a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law, Magna Cum Laude and the Order of the Coif. While serving at the Pentagon as Principal Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acting) she received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and received the President George H. W. Bush’s Daily Point of Light Award, & recently received the Chief of Staff of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award. She is the author of “AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes from Military Service & How it Hurts Our Country” (Collins, 2006). She is a member of the Small Business Association Advisory Board, & Co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center Defense Reform Task Force.