Ellen D. Glover (MURP '78) received GSPIA's 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award during this year's graduation luncheon held at the University Club. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Pitt in 1976 and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning at GSPIA in 1978. She began her career with a two-year appointment as a Presidential Management Intern (now Fellow) with the federal government. In 1983, she joined Advanced Technology Systems, a provider of information services to the U.S. Department of Defense and Civilian Agencies. Glover quickly rose through the ranks with an appointment in 1990 as Director of Operations in 1994 as President and Chief Operating Officer, positions she held until 2002. During her tenure as President and COO, she led the company’s growth from $28 to $100 million and presided over what was then recognized as the 10th largest software developer. In 2002 she was recruited to serve as President of Impact Innovations Group, a provider of information technology services to federal and commercial markets. In that role, Glover developed a new market strategy and reorganized the business. Her leadership propelled the company from $37 million to over $50 million in revenue. In 2004 Impact Innovations Group was acquired by Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC), a publicly traded federal professional services company. Glover was appointed Vice President and General Manager of a $100 million business unit, the largest unit in DRC. In this role Glover won over $150 million in new contracts and led the sale of the company at a premium price of $53 million. In 2005, Glover was named Executive Vice President and Group Leader for ICF International, a multibillion dollar company based in Fairfax, VA, that provides professional services and technology-based solutions to government, commercial and international clients. Glover leads the $300 million Transformation and Resiliency Solutions Group, which delivers digital solutions to improve customer engagement and learning, as well as resiliency solutions to address a broad range of threats, from climate change to cybersecurity. Glover led the division’s growth from $30 million to $350 million in revenue. Ms. Glover is the recipient of numerous awards including the Federal Computer Week Federal 100 Eagle Award, the Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership Award, Washington Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Award, and the PSC Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2015, Glover was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Glover was appointed to the GSPIA Board of Visitors in 2017.