Mr. Alfred Grasso
Board Member Since 2006
Mr. Alfred Grasso is president and CEO of The MITRE Corporation. He is responsible for developing and leading the corporation's overall strategic and business operations for the federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) that MITRE manages. He also serves on MITRE's Board of Trustees.
Mr. Grasso joined MITRE in 1986. He held positions of increasing responsibility in MITRE's Command, Control, and Communications Center until being named president and CEO in 2006. He was executive vice president and director of the Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence FFRDC, now known as the National Security Engineering Center (NSEC). He served as both director of NSEC and MITRE's CEO. Mr. Grasso also was senior vice president and general manager of MITRE’s Washington Command, Control, and Communications Center and vice president and CIO. Earlier he was technical director for the Battlefield Systems Division at the MITRE site in Fort Monmouth, N.J.
Under Mr. Grasso's leadership, MITRE has received several prestigious awards for its commitment to public service and technical excellence, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service (2008), the Air Force Association's Theodore von Karman Award (2008), and the National Aeronautic Association's Collier Trophy (2007).
During Mr. Grasso's tenure as CEO, MITRE has been recognized for its innovative culture, its workplace environment, and its knowledge management capabilities. Computerworld named MITRE to its 2016 list of Best Places to Work in IT, and InformationWeek included MITRE on its Elite 100 list for innovative technology. MITRE appeared on the Top Places to Work lists in The Boston Globe (2008–2015) and The Washington Post (2015, 2016) and was among Forbes magazine's list of America’s Best Employers (2015, 2016). MITRE also received three North American Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) awards (2009, 2011, and 2015) for fostering a culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Mr. Grasso served as chairman of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International’s Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014 and was vice chair from 2010 to 2012. He remains a member of its Executive Committee and is a Permanent Director. In 2016, the association presented Mr. Grasso with its prestigious David Sarnoff Award, recognizing his support for AFCEA's Education Foundation. Security Magzine named him one of the Most Influential People in Security in 2016 and Federal Computer Week presented Mr. Grasso with its Eagle Award in 2012. Eagle Award recipients are chosen from among the winners of the Federal 100 Award, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on federal information technology.
Mr. Grasso is an appointed member of the Defense Science Board. He is a member of the Stevens Institute Systems Engineering Research Center Advisory Board and a board member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the country's largest technology council. Mr. Grasso also sits on the George Mason University Foundation Board of Trustees, University of Virginia's Department of Systems and Information Engineering Advisory Board, and Howard University’s College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences Board of Visitors.
A first-generation Italian American, Mr. Grasso has worked to advance educational opportunities for young people, particularly in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. He is former president of the Board of the National GEM Consortium, a nonprofit that promotes the participation of under-represented groups in the STEM fields. In 2016, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) presented Mr. Grasso with the Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award that recognizes significant contributions to the acceptance and advancement of women in engineering. In 2013, STEMconnector® named him to its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM list. In 2012, the Lido Civic Club of Washington, D.C., an Italian American civic organization, named Mr. Grasso its Man of the Year. The award recognizes his long-standing commitment to advancing educational opportunities for young people. The Sons of Italy Foundation honored him with its 2015 Humanitarian Award.
Mr. Grasso holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master's degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.
Mr. Grasso and his wife Michele live in Oakton, Va., and have three daughters, Alessandra, Lindsay, and Stephanie. Alessandra graduated from UVA and Johns Hopkins with degrees in engineering and public health. Lindsay graduated from Clemson University and attends graduate school at Georgetown, and Stephanie is a rising senior at Virginia Tech.