The United States Space Force has recently named Chandra Donelson as Space Data Analytics Officer (SDAO). Donelson brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having previously served as the Deputy Chief Data Officer for the U.S. Department of the Army G-2.
During her tenure with the Army, Donelson played a pivotal role in establishing the Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA) G-2 Chief Data Office for military intelligence. She was instrumental in crafting various policies and programs, including the Army Intelligence Community (IC) Data Strategy, the Army Data Literacy Program, and the Army OSINT Reporting and Dissemination Standards.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the United States Space Force as the SDAO. As I often say, to give voice to your purpose and have the courage to live it is the single most important charge an individual can undertake, and USSF’s purpose ‘to secure our Nation's interests in, from, and to space’ has never been more important than during the era of the Great Power Competition,” Donelson wrote in a LinkedIn post.
Donelson's track record reflects her commitment to driving rapid transformation, aligning operations with cutting-edge technology, and fostering collaboration across diverse stakeholder groups. She has a proven ability to navigate complex challenges, devise holistic solutions, and leverage her business acumen to advance the missions of the U.S. government.
As a leader, Donelson is experienced in building high-performing teams and conducting rigorous research to tackle intricate problems.
Donelson also is a member of CDO Magazine’s Global Editorial Board, participates in the CDO Magazine Federal Forum, has spoken at multiple summits, and was named in the 40 Under 40 Data Leaders 2023 List.