Tara Murphy Dougherty

Tara Murphy Dougherty

President, National Security Practice, Govini

Tara Murphy Dougherty is the CEO of Govini. Prior to this, she served as Govini’s President, where she led strategy and growth and oversaw Govini’s work with all federal clients. She has held leadership positions in technology across industry, government, and nonprofit sectors, including at Palantir Technologies, and she served as chief of staff for Global Strategic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, among other senior roles. She holds a bachelor’s from Georgia Tech and a master’s from Georgetown University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Defense University Foundation, the Board of Advisors for the Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University, and the Board of Directors of AFCEA DC.


Govini                                                                                                              Arlington, VA

CEO                                                                                                                   Jan 2020 — Present

  • Lead transformative, west coast-founded SaaS company that uses data integration and advanced machine learning techniques to solve critical challenges for clients in the US national security sector.
  • Designed, implemented, and led all Go-To-Market strategies and efforts since joining the business, pivoting the company from the commercial sector to the public sector in 201 8; have since grown the business by 1 OX in Annual Recurring Revenue; won a $400M single-award, DoD-wide contract to enable data transformation.
  • Oversee 100+ employees spread across offices in Arlington, VA and Pittsburgh, PA
  • Actively participate in the national security thought leadership community, including speaking engagements at premier forums including the Aspen Ideas Festival, engagement with media, including Government Matters, Federal News Radio, Defense One, Defense News, POLITICO, and others, as well as written content

President, National Security Practice                                                                          Feb 2018 - Dec 2019

Palantir Technologies                                                                                                 Washington, DC

Business Development                                                                                                 Jan 201 4 — Present

  • Led more than $200 million worth of business across national security and commercial business divisions o Responsible for setting strategy and goals of customer deployments, managing client relationships, allocating and managing technical and personnel resources, developing growth strategies for existing and new clients, and achieving concrete growth outcomes as a result; led teams of 15+ engineers, analysts, and sub-contractors e Led the company's largest cyber deployment; responsible for advising Fortune 50 retailers on cybersecurity

    Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, DOD                                           Washington, DC

    Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Global Strategic Affairs      Jan 2012 - Dec 2013

  • Advised Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD) for Global Strategic Affairs (GSA) on formulation of policy positions in the areas of US and NATO nuclear issues, missile defense, countering WMD, spacer and cyber.
  • Served as primary OSD Policy advisor on NATO nuclear policy matters; supported NATO High Level Group and led Ad Hoc Working Group members and US Mission staff to achieve NATO tasks.

    WMD Nonproliferation Policy Analyst, OSD Policy                                                     June 2010 - Dec 2011

  • Served as one of three lead US negotiators at the 201 1 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Review
  • Conference at the UN in Geneva; worked with officials from six key allies to draft new transparency measures.
  • Recognized with Exceptional Achievement Award by the Secretary of Defense for leading the design and implementation of a new US IAEA Additional Protocol that furthered administration transparency goals.

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)                                                 Washington, DC

  • Developed original analytic framework of issues related to US nuclear weapons strategy and policy; created interactive electronic database of results that was used by DOD during the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR)

    Project Coordinator, Project on Nuclear Issues (POND)                    

    Mar 2006 -Jan 2007

  • Held primary responsibility for planning and managing activities and finances of project's -$450,000 budget; hired and managed intern staff; executed 4 PONI conferences in the US and UK, each with over 100 participants.

    Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)                                                                      Atlanta, GA

    Technical Staff, Sept 2001 -Aug 2004

  • Analyzed AAR47 Missile Warning System (MWS) and ALE-47 Countermeasures Defensive System (CMDS) flight data for operational suitability/deficiencies; responsible for analyzing project status and budget data.