Angela Ambrose Vice President, Government Relations and Communications GM Defense
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Angela M. Ambrose is the vice president of Government Relations and Communications for GM Defense LLC. She is responsible for executing external affairs, working with the Executive and Legislative Branches of government, and managing the development and implementation of strategic communications, media relations and marketing. Ambrose also served as the interim vice president of Business Development from March - September 2021, leading all customer engagements and helping to shape the GM Defense pursuit pipeline.
Prior to joining GM in 2019, Ambrose led government relations activities for Accenture Federal Services (AFS), supporting the Defense Portfolio and managing all defense, intelligence, cybersecurity and veterans’ affairs public policy priorities. During her time with AFS, she created an aggressive legislative strategy that supported critical business initiatives and guided capture activities to support growth in new business areas.
Ambrose served as the chief congressional strategist for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) from 2011 to 2015, analyzing congressional authorization policies, annual appropriations and Executive Branch fiscal year budget requests. She provided intelligence to NGAS profit and loss divisions, with a specific focus on defense and civil space, unmanned systems, manned aircraft, strike platforms, restricted programs and emerging strategic capture priorities. Developing subject matter expertise in political global supply chain and strategic sourcing while at NGAS, Ambrose supported priority capture activities (including the successful B-21 Raider award) and mergers and acquisitions for growth in designated markets.
Ambrose held two senior roles as a federal civil servant in the Executive Branch from 2008 to 2011. She served as a senior Legislative Liaison in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and as the Deputy Director of Congressional Affairs for the Department of Defense Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). During her tenure at JIEDDO, Ambrose received two Superior Civilian Service Awards.
From 2002 to 2008, Ambrose served as a senior policy advisor to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. While managing a variety of policy oversight issues in the Legislative Branch, her time on Capitol Hill was predominately focused on a portfolio of appropriations, defense, homeland security, veterans’ affairs and foreign operations matters.
Ambrose earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, with additional studies in national security at the National Defense University. She is a leading voice within the national security community and the Congressional landscape and has been recognized for her strategic communications and brand management prowess. Ambrose holds two prominent industry board positions, serving on the National Defense Industrial Association and National Defense University Foundation. She was recognized for the third consecutive year in 2022 as one of The Hill’s Top Lobbyists.