We are so excited to introduce the co-chairs of our Inaugural Fallen Patriots New York City Gala - our board members, Nancy Armstrong, Holly Petraeus and Rob Sweeney and their spouses! We are so grateful for their many years of work in support of military families and we hope you will join us to celebrate the success of the scholars we serve.

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Nancy & Tim Armstrong

Nancy Armstrong is an Emmy-nominated producer and co-founder of the award-winning women’s leadership and media platform, MAKERS. Named one of the 100 best web sites for women by Forbes, MAKERS received the Women’s Media Center Award for its ground-breaking contribution to women, history, and America. Prior to MAKERS, Nancy was a senior executive at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in NYC. Nancy made her start as a professional actor and singer, and wrote, produced and starred in the one-woman show, “A Look Beyond the Attitude.” She’s a Wisconsin Badger and received a master’s in Communication from Boston University. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Tim, and their three children.

Holly & General (Ret.) David Petraeus

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Hollister (Holly) K. Petraeus is a retired Assistant Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she headed up the Office of Servicemember Affairs. Her work at the CFPB centered around educating service members on sound financial management and protecting them against predatory lending and scams. Prior to her six years at the CFPB, she was Director of BBB Military Line®, a program of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc. providing consumer education and advocacy for servicemembers and their families. An active-duty military spouse of 37 years and a former Department of the Army civilian employee, Mrs. Petraeus has extensive experience as a volunteer leader in military family programs. In that role, she has worked with local, state and national legislators on issues affecting military families, to include testifying in front of Congress multiple times. Mrs. Petraeus is a summa cum laude graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. She also holds honorary Doctorates from Methodist University and the University of San Francisco.   

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Ellen & Rob Sweeney

Rob is the global head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he has spent twenty-two years advising clients across sectors including energy, utilities, healthcare, consumer and retail. Rob is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business, where he was named a Palmer Scholar. After graduating from Penn’s NROTC program, Rob served more than six years in the Submarine Force, in various roles aboard USS Annapolis (SSN 760) and the Submarine Officers Advanced Course training command.  He lives in Connecticut with his wife Ellen, and their children Peter, Emma and Isabel.



With the help of these co-chairs and many others, we have the opportunity to come together and celebrate the success of the scholars we aim to serve at the Inaugural New York City Gala on May 22, 2019. There are nearly 20,000 military children of lost a parent in the line of duty the past 35 years. Our goal is to ensure that every single one of these students receives the help they deserve.