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Catharina Wrede Braden

Partner, Washington DC
Helps defense and security institutions improve their operations, organizations, and strategies to better deliver on mission

About Cat

Cat is a leader of our public-sector defense and security work. She serves clients on a broad range of issues, including strategy, operational performance improvement, and long-term change programs.

Cat helps public-sector organizations link strategy and resources more tightly in rapidly changing environments: assessing capabilities against needs, designing more efficient and effective processes, and creating budgetary headroom in support of emerging strategic priorities.

Cat also leads our North American public sector procurement work, which helps governments buy better—increasing the agility of their acquisition organizations and reducing their spending on contracted goods and services.

Examples of Cat’s recent client work include the following:

  • helping a public-sector organization design and stand up a new division to support new mission requirements
  • assisting a public sector organization in defining and implementing a multiyear organizational transformation
  • helping a federal agency assess and redesign its processes to improve overall efficiency and effectiveness and free up capacity for reallocation to new priorities
  • supporting a federal agency in streamlining its corporate-governance processes and leadership decision-making practices
  • advising a defense organization in the design and execution of a contract clean-sheeting program to reduce spend on third-party contracted goods and services
  • supporting a public-sector agency in developing a capability-building program to create an enduring new skill set in its acquisition organization
  • helping a defense organization develop a long-term efficiency strategy for sustainment of a major weapons system

Cat received her doctorate from Harvard University, where her research focused on non-rationalist decision-making and organizational behavior in conflict environments.


Harvard University
PhD; MA, international relations, international security

Yale University
BA, political science, Russian studies