As a Marine Corps Iraq Veteran, former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Obama Administration, and businesswoman, Maura Sullivan has dedicated her life to serving our country and fighting for the people and causes she believes in. Maura believes we face a national crisis of leadership, and we need people in Congress who have the integrity, courage, and values to help New Hampshire communities meet our challenges, including:
Solving the opioid crisis
Ensuring access to quality, affordable health care
Delivering economic opportunity
Providing excellent public education
Ensuring the national security of the people of New Hampshire and all Americans
Service runs deep in Maura’s family. Her grandfathers both served in World War II as part of the Greatest Generation, and her grandmothers were leaders in Jesuit education. They instilled in her the values of service to others. Maura attended public school, and her grandparents’ example led her to attend college at Northwestern University on a Navy/Marine Corps ROTC scholarship. Maura was inspired by the tireless fighting spirit of the Marines and their values of honor, courage, and commitment.
Maura spent two years stationed in East Asia before deploying to Fallujah, Iraq where she saw first-hand how leadership failures in Congress pushed American servicemembers into battle without a reliable strategy to win and often without the resources to succeed. Maura also saw the devastating impact of out-of-touch leaders in Washington who pushed for antiquated restrictions on women in service. Maura left Iraq deeply inspired by the brave and selfless young Americans she served with.
Following her service in the Marines, Maura chose New England as her home. She studied business and public policy at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, where she continued to advocate for veterans and military families.
Maura served in the Obama Administration as a Commissioner on the American Battle Monuments Commission, managing America’s overseas cemeteries and memorials. As a part of her duties, she visited the final resting places of more than 50,000 Americans worldwide who gave their lives in WWI and WWII.
In 2014, when the Department of Veterans Affairs was in crisis, Maura joined the VA’s new leadership team to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. Maura worked on myriad reforms, fighting to provide Veterans with improved access to health care. She also served in the Obama Administration at the Pentagon, where she worked for the Secretary of the Navy on family, mental health, and LGBT policy reforms, as well as gender integration in the Navy & Marines. Additionally, she advised the Secretary of Defense on communications strategy and fought for improved family policies. Following her service in the Obama Administration, Maura moved back to New England and settled in Portsmouth with her fiancé, Marc, to raise their family.
Maura has also served in the private sector as a leader in both large and small businesses. She managed food and beverage businesses for PepsiCo throughout New England. Most recently she ran operations at a New England healthcare start-up company.
Maura believes she can’t sit back while so much is at stake for our communities and our country, and feels called to step up to fight tirelessly on behalf of the people of New Hampshire.