Chief Community and Programs Officer
Air Force (ret.)
Denise Hollywood is the Chief Community and Programs Officer for Blue Star Families, a not for profit organization that supports and serves military families. Ms. Hollywood’s portfolio includes chapters and neighborhoods, membership and volunteers, program design and delivery, policy analysis and evaluation, and military spouse employment. She leads engagement and collaboration with civilian institutions and military partners to pursue partnerships that support military families while brokering solutions in select locales.
Ms. Hollywood’s professional journey over the past three decades has spanned the military, aerospace defense industry and non-profit sectors. She received her Air Force commission from Cornell University and proudly served for 20 years; retiring in 2007 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Denise’s Air Force career spanned a variety of mission areas and functions – from technical positions as a satellite operations and missile warning officer, to leading quality of life (MWR) and marketing programs at the installation and command level.
Ms. Hollywood’s military career equipped her to transition into the aerospace defense industry upon her retirement from the Air Force in 2007 and she spent eight years in business development and marketing at The Boeing Company, the world’s largest aerospace company. In 2016, an opportunity to serve as the Executive Vice President and second in command of an $18M non-profit presented itself. A catalyst for change, Ms. Hollywood infused the organization with her energy, business development and marketing skills fueling the first profitable returns in 10 years.
Ms. Hollywood earned a Master of Military Operational Art & Science from the USAF’s Air University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Math/Finance from Ithaca College. Denise’s volunteer spirit has been a constant throughout her life – from helping wounded military members and their families, to supporting veterans transitioning from the military to volunteering her time and talents at the local animal shelter. She has a passion for world travel and although she has visited 70+ countries, her bucket list is long and filled with adventures.