Dean C. Graves

Dean Graves, Director of Special ProjectsDean Graves is the Director of Special Projects at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). He is overseeing a multiyear effort to move IDA to a new facility in Potomac Yard in 2022. This work includes working closely with the general contractor and architects as well as key contacts within IDA to sync facilities, technology, finance, and other operations and business functions.

Dean has more than 30 years of finance and leadership experience. He served for more than 20 years in his previous role as IDA’s Director of Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer. Before that, he was IDA’s Manager of Finance and Budgets. Dean was the first recipient of IDA’s W.Y. Smith Award for Excellence when it was implemented in 1991. Prior to joining IDA, he worked as an economist at the Science Applications International Corporation.

Dean earned a master of business administration degree from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Richmond.