Shelly O’Neill Stoneman

Shelly O’Neill Stoneman is senior vice president of Government Relations for BAE Systems, Inc., responsible for all legislative affairs and government relations for the company, which collectively employs more than 34,000 employees in the United States, United Kingdom, and Sweden, and generated 2021 revenues of nearly $12.5 billion. Stoneman is also a member of the BAE Systems, Inc. Board of Directors.

Stoneman joined BAE Systems in 2013 as vice president for Executive Branch and International Government Relations for BAE Systems, Inc. In this role, she served as the company’s primary liaison to the Executive Branch, including the Pentagon, State Department, Intelligence Community, and the White House, and supported the company’s foreign military sales and direct commercial sales through engagement with the U.S. government and foreign embassies. 

Previously, Stoneman had a distinguished career of nearly 15 years of public and non-profit service. She served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and White House Liaison for Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates, Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel, advising them on sensitive matters, including the nearly 300 presidential appointments at the Pentagon.

From 2009 until 2011, Stoneman worked in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, where she served as Special Assistant to the President and was responsible for the defense and national security legislative portfolio. She worked closely with the White House, National Security Council, Department of Defense, and Congress on a variety of policy issues, including the defense budget, acquisition reform, the repeal of the “Don't Ask Don't Tell” policy, detention policy reform, efforts to enhance cyber security, and key presidential national security priorities.

From 2003 to 2009, she worked for Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ), serving as both his Deputy Chief of Staff and managing his Appropriations Committee responsibilities. Previously, she was a research consultant in Macedonia and Montenegro for the Small Arms Survey, and she worked for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on International Security, Proliferation, and Federal Services focusing on arms control and missile defense.
In March 2022, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin appointed Stoneman as the Chair of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). This 71-year-old historic committee is composed of civilian women and men selected to provide advice and recommendations on policies relating to the recruitment, retention, employment, integration, well-being, and treatment of women in the Armed Forces. She also currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Leadership Council of Women in National Security (LCWINS), an organization of women and allies from across the political spectrum working to advance gender inclusion at the highest levels of the U.S. national security and foreign policy workforce.

In the community, she serves on the Board of Directors for both the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and Food for Others. Additionally, she is a member of the Advisory Council to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

Stoneman earned her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and has a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, as well as a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma’s Program in Europe.