Paula Trimble brings a diverse background to Lewis-Burke that covers strategy development, communications, project management, and technology and policy analysis gained from 17 years of experience in the government and private defense and aerospace sectors. Her understanding of the Defense research and engineering enterprise offers Lewis-Burke’s clients innovative approaches to national security interests, such as space technology, cybersecurity, unmanned systems, social science research, sensors, and weapons systems. She is particularly agile at building partnerships across Defense and interagency partners, as well as with non-governmental organizations, including academia and industry.
Before joining Lewis-Burke, Ms. Trimble spent more than eight years providing program integration, project management, outreach, and strategic planning support to the Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) within the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) at the Department of Defense (DOD). Ms. Trimble oversaw the deliverables and budget execution for millions of dollars in technology prototype development and demonstration efforts, including the Science and Technology Support to Information Operations portfolio and the Maritime Irregular Warfare portfolio.
Prior to working in DOD, Ms. Trimble was a Government Relations Representative at Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation, supporting legislative priorities in the areas of space exploration and space science, acquisition policy, export control, and the aerospace workforce. From 2003 to 2006, she served as a Space Transportation Industry Analyst in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Commercial Space Transportation office. There she published analyses of the commercial space industry and directly supported the Secretary of Transportation, FAA Administrator and Associate Administrator with communications and public outreach efforts. From 2001 until joining the FAA, Ms. Trimble was a Technology Policy Analyst at the Office of Space Commercialization in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she coordinated policy analysis and interagency activities related to commercial space communications, space transportation, remote sensing and the Global Positioning System (GPS). Before joining government, Ms. Trimble was a reporter at Federal Computer Week and Space News. She remains engaged with the journalism profession as a judge for the Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense.
Ms. Trimble earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from The Pennsylvania State University with honors in Media Studies, and earned minor degrees in Art History and Science, Technology, and Society.