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Deb Alderson

Chief Executive Officer


Washington, DC, USA

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Deb Alderson’s Biography

Deb Alderson has more than 30 years of leadership experience in national security, transformative technology and correctional facilities. She is CEO of GTL, a leader in correctional rehabilitation technology, education and rehabilitation solutions for inmates and payment services solutions for government.

She is recognized for her vibrant leadership style and outspoken support for female peers and colleagues. Deb has a proven track record of building high-performance teams with an emphasis on improving the recidivism rate while building business growth. Under her leadership, GTL launched their Women's Technology Council, an initiative that provides support in the form of training and forums to women that work in technology at GTL.

Prior to her appointment as CEO of GTL, Deb was CEO and President at Sotera Defense Solutions after having served as COO and Executive Vice President at SRA International. During her tenure at SRA, Deb headed four main operating groups where she was responsible for over 6,000 employees, and built her expertise within technology to eventually apply it to the correctional space at GTL.

During her six years at SAIC, the Fortune 500 defense and intelligence technology company, she served as Group President of the Defense Solutions Group, overseeing more than 14,000 team members. Deb also previously served as President of the Systems Engineering Group at Anteon. She achieved growth from $65 million to $400 million through the implementation of solutions in support of the Missile Defense Agency, US Navy, US Army, US Air Force, Marine Corps and Department of Homeland Security.

Deb was named a Washington Post Top 25 Female Executive and was recognized with the Federal 100 Award in 2011.

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GTL shows its appreciation for those who continued to serve during an unprecedented time

“Day after day, correctional officers and employees are the ones safeguarding our communities, overseeing the logistics of incarceration, and helping individuals work toward better tomorrows,” said Deb Alderson, GTL President & CEO. “Their dedication and commitment were more evident than ever throughout 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic... GTL recognizes their efforts every day, but this week is essential to help raise awareness of the duties, hazards, and sacrifices made by those working in corrections.”

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GTL Partners with Dr. Christian Conte to Provide Custom Tablet Content for Incarcerated Individuals

"GTL is in a unique position where we have the opportunity to provide technology that can make a genuine impact on someone's life," said Deb Alderson, GTL President & CEO. "By partnering with Dr. Conte, we are restating our belief that one decision, one mistake does not define someone. Our tablets and content allow correctional facilities to transform into more rehabilitative environments, placing incarcerated individuals on the best possible path forward upon their release."

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Deb Alderson’s Background

Chief Executive Officer
Apr 2018 - Present
Reston, VA, USA
GTL is the leading provider of integrated technology solutions within correctional services in the US.
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Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
Jul 2013 - Apr 2017
Herndon, VA, USA
Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. functions as a security technology company offering counter-terrorism intelligence, data analysis, intelligence fusion, force mobility, modernization, maritime domain awareness and decision support systems.
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Deb Alderson’s Gallery

Advisory Roles

Hope for Prisoners
National Reentry Advisory Council
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Hope for Prisoners offers a variety of training programs for its clients to build and strengthen skills necessary for employment readiness, leadership development and success throughout the reintegration process.

Previous Board Positions

Executive Committee
Fairfax, VA, USA
The Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association or AFCEA is a professional network of people for the sharing of ideas and solutions in the global security industry.
Boulder Crest Foundation
Board Member
Bluemont, VA, USA
Boulder Crest Foundation is a retreat providing a place of healing for combat veterans, first responders, and their families in the aftermath of trauma.
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Where Are They Now?: Deb Alderson
Jul 2018
Washington, DC, USA
Deb Alderson, CEO of GTL, sits down with Rachel Kirkland of WashingtonExec to discuss her career in information technology, intelligence, and national security, and to share what excited her about accepting the CEO role at GTL.


Past Member
Arlington, VA, USA
The Association of the United States Army, or AUSA, is a private, non-profit organization and advocacy group for the United States Army.
Past Member
Arlington, VA, USA
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is a corporate and individual membership association for the United States government and the defense/national security industrial base.
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Awards & Endorsements

Energage | Top Workplaces USA
Jan 2021
Reston, VA, USA
GTL was the inaugural winner for the Top Workplaces award. The awards are built on Energage’s 14-year history surveying more than 20 million employees across 54 markets for the regional Top Workplaces awards.
The Washington Post
Washington Post Top 25 Female Executive
Washington, DC, USA
Deb was recognized as one of the top 25 female executives in her industry by the Washington Post.
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Deb Alderson’s Education

Virginia Tech
Master of Science (M.S.)
1978 - 1980
Virginia Tech
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
1974 - 1978