Leadership Profiles

John I. Pray, Jr.

President & CEO

Brigadier General (Retired) John I. Pray, Jr. joined the senior staff team in 2009 and was selected as the President & CEO in early 2014. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, responsible for providing executive level leadership and management in the planning and execution of day-to-day operations and activities throughout the organization. John currently oversees the USO Entertainment/Programs Department delivering spirit-lifting programming to hundreds of thousands of troops and their families every year, our Information Technology division, and the Marketing & Communications Department responsible for internal and external communications, brand management and marketing. Prior to coming to the USO, John served as the Executive Vice President for the Systems and Proposal Engineering Company. John has more than 27 years of experience in military operations, having commanded Air Force units at the squadron, group and wing levels, and also served as the Director of the White House Situation Room. He retired from active duty in 2007 when selected as the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. John holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and Masters degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the School of Advanced Airpower Studies and the Air War College. He has also completed senior executive programs at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School and Wharton.

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