President & CEO
Grace Powers joined National Able Network, Inc., in 2003 as president and CEO. Ms. Powers is responsible for overall management of the Illinois-based nonprofit agency, including its service locations in Delaware, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska. She has grown the company revenues more than five-fold while diversifying the funding base, retiring debt, and improving program results.
A seasoned business executive, Ms. Powers carries with her a wide variety of corporate management and military service experience. Before joining Able, she cofounded a wireless software infrastructure firm and, as CEO, led the firm in developing the world’s first software platform capable of delivering integrated voice, text, and graphics over wireless.
From 1993 through 1999, Ms. Powers served in multiple executive-level roles at Motorola, Inc., including general manager and senior director of operations and marketing for Motorola’s cellular infrastructure business. In that capacity, she was responsible for $250 million in revenues and 300 employees tasked with opening new markets for global cellular infrastructure products, strategic planning, marketing, and product purchasing and distribution.
Ms. Powers is also a military veteran with nine years of service as a United States Air Force officer. She worked as a missile design engineer on the MX (Peacekeeper) missile system and as a military jet pilot and aircraft commander with more 2,000 flying hours. Ms. Powers led the first pilot test team evaluating the C-17 cockpit design and served as director for foreign military exercises under the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Ms. Powers has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Stanford University and a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University.
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