Alexander Zemek

Vice President, Policy
Procurement Division Meeting : Keynote Speaker and Lunch

Alex Zemek is Vice President, Policy for NDIA, where he has the responsibility of developing and promoting policy to key audiences in government and industry for America’s leading defense industry association.  Prior to joining NDIA, he had over fourteen years with the federal government across a range of executive and legislative branch positions in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, and diplomatic arenas.

In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Alex left his job as a securities trader on Wall Street, and joined the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he helped stand up and staff the Defense Business Board.

Alex volunteered to serve Iraq during 2003-2004 with the Coalition Provisional Authority as the Acting Director for Personnel and as a Special Assistant to the Presidential Envoy.

From 2004-2009, he was appointed the Deputy Executive Director and later the Executive Director of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO at the U.S. Department of State.

He served over seven years as an intelligence officer with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency with a variety of responsibilities from Congressional Liaison to leading the agency’s strategic planning guidance team.  Alex was selected to spend 2015 as a Legislative Fellow with the United States Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs (Majority Staff).

Alex holds an honors Bachelors degree in history from Yale University and a Masters in strategic security studies with a focus in counterterrorism from the National Defense University, College of International Security Affairs.  Alex also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar XXI on foreign politics and international relations.

He is a recipient of many governmental awards including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, Secretary of Defense Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the U.S. Department of State Meritorious Honor and Superior Honor Awards.

Alex, his wife Molly, and their three sons live in Annandale, VA.