Courtney B. Spaeth is one of the foremost experts in business development and corporate growth. She has widespread experience in both the public and private sectors, having worked in the White House, the Department of Defense, and three of the world’s largest defense contractors.
Mrs. Spaeth founded NSAWW / growth. in 2007 and is the CEO. NSAWW has a proven track record of helping companies achieve growth through business development, and provides transaction advisory services to private equity firms and companies both foreign and domestic. Clients include Lockheed Martin, Verizon, Genesys, Stanley Black and Decker, Zebra Technologies Corporation, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Sigma Tau Pharmaceutical, HIG Capital, SAB Capital, and many other Fortune 500, middle market, and private equity firms in the US and internationally.
Prior to founding NSAWW/ growth., Mrs. Spaeth served as Corporate Vice President of Homeland Security for the Raytheon Company, where she developed the company’s homeland security business in North America, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia. In less than two years, her efforts resulted in new revenue of over $1 billion USD. Before Raytheon, Mrs. Spaeth served as Director of Homeland Systems Solutions for Lockheed Martin, winning more than $3 billion USD in new business. She has also served as Director of Force Health Protection of the Gulf War Illness Task Force as a contractor for Northrop Grumman.
In 2000, President Clinton appointed Mrs. Spaeth to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations / Low Intensity Conflict, where she was the Assistant in Charge of Global Terrorism Issues. Mrs. Spaeth also served as the Director of Force Health Protection for the Gulf War Illness Task Force in the Department of Defense, where she was a subject matter expert on combat stress management. In addition, Mrs. Spaeth worked in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Antitrust Division, as well as in the Office of Chief Counsel to the President.
Mrs. Spaeth is a sought after speaker on a broad range of business and leadership issues. She appears regularly in national and trade media including Business Week, CBS News, the Washington Business Journal, and Smart CEO magazine, and was recently profiled in Women of Influence Magazine. She has been a guest lecturer on Wall Street and in executive boardrooms, as well as at a variety of educational institutions.
Mrs. Spaeth has extensive experience in emerging technologies and serves on the Board of Directors of Momentum Aviation Group (MAG), the Board of Directors of Marymount University, the Board of Directors of The Stimson Center, the Dean’s Advisory Council for George Mason University School of Business, as well as on the Board of Advisors for AtmosAir Solutions (an environmental/health industry firm). She also serves on: the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., the 2024 Olympic Washington, D.C. Due Diligence Committee, the ASIS Council for Combating Terrorism, Violence and Political Instability, the National Board of Directors for Hope for the Warriors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting wounded and disabled veterans, and in various capacities with many other organizations. Mrs. Spaeth recently received the 2014 Angel Outreach Award from the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, an organization of which First Lady Michelle Obama is the Honorary Chair, honoring Mrs. Spaeth’s commitment to philanthropy. In April of 2014, Mrs. Spaeth was named as one of five finalists for the Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards in the Executive Leader of the Year Category by the Fairfax, Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Spaeth was also a Finalist for the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women award and was the 2010 winner of the “Heroines in Technology” Award. She has completed her Governance Fellowship through the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Mrs. Spaeth holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and a BA, with honors, in Military History from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and children.