VATC President, CEO & Co-Founder
For more than a decade, Sara Moola has served as President, CEO and Co-Founder of VATC, the leading provider of global strategies, joint training and exercise and geospatial solutions for secure operations around the world. Since the company’s founding in 2003, Sara has grown VATC from a two-person team supporting two government contracts to a 300-employee organization with over 47 locations worldwide, supporting government and industry with combined subject-matter expertise in Special Operations Forces, stability operations, intelligence, software development and secure communications technologies.
Before founding VATC, Sara served in the United States Peace Corps and built a career in geospatial intelligence by serving as a GIS analyst for the World Resources Institute, as an environmental solutions manager for the Environmental Systems Research Institute, and as vice president for a software company, where she developed 3-D network visualization solutions to support mission planning and execution for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Special Operations Forces. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and of Clark University, where she earned her master’s degree in Geographical Information Systems and International Development.
In addition to her role at VATC, Sara founded Warrior Outdoor Leadership for the Future, or WOLF, a nonprofit organization that provides college or career-bound children of fallen Special Operations soldiers with a summer leadership program, including résumé workshops and introduction to industry leaders for mentoring and future career opportunities. Since its founding in 2011, WOLF has provided mentorship and career-building to dozens of student leaders from across the country.
Sara’s most recent accolades include being recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year Awards for her commitment to community service and her dedication to innovation in military technology. She was awarded the Business Woman of the Year Award in both the Technology and Community Service categories.
Sara currently serves as a director on the board of the Economic Development Council, and previously served on the Small Business Development Council and the Women in Defense (WID) as an advisor. She became a member of the Young Professional Organization (YPO) in 2017 and works with the U.S. State Department in Women and Entrepreneurship, primarily in Africa. She is a proud member of the National Defense Industrial Association and AFCEA.