Ms. Duke is the Principal of Elaine Duke & Associates, LLC. She provides acquisition and business consulting services to large and small businesses, using the expertise she developed over her federal career in management and acquisition at Departments of Homeland Security and Defense.
Ms. Duke holds a BS degree in Business Management from New Hampshire State and a MBA from Chaminade University. She is a member of the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) and a strategic advisor to the Government Technology and Services Coalition (GTSC). Ms. Duke taught acquisition in the American University Masters of Public Administration Program, and at the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute. She has served as guest lecturer at National Contract Management Association, Johns Hopkins, Loyola University, and the Brookings Institution.
Ms. Duke had a 28 year career with the Federal government, culminating with her Senate confirmation as the Department of Homeland Security’s Under Secretary for Management. As the Under Secretary, she was responsible for the management of the Department’s $47 billion budget. She was the Department’s Chief Acquisition Officer and led DHS’ $17 billion acquisition program. She provided executive leadership to the DHS Chief Information Officer, with responsibility for the Department’s enterprise architecture through strategic use of information technology and communications systems. Ms. Duke led the personnel policies and practices for DHS’ 230,000 employees through the Chief Human Capital Officer. Additionally, she provided oversight of the Department’s facilities, real property, personal property, and environmental programs.
Ms. Duke spent a great deal of her career with the US Navy where she held various acquisition positions of progressive responsibility. She served as the Director, Office of Contract Policy as well as Deputy Director of the Hull, Mechanical and Electrical Contracts Division of the Naval Sea Systems Command.
During her service with the Federal Government, Ms. Duke received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, the DHS Secretary’s Medal, the Transportation Security Administration Silver Medal for Customer Service, the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, and the US Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Medal.