Who We Are
Shawn Bullard - President
Shawn Bullard has a reputation for being a well-respected thought leader in autonomous systems, having paved the way for many Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) milestones.
Before launching Duetto Group nearly 20 years ago, Shawn gained business experience as the vice president of government relations for an InterPublic Group Company (IPG), and legislative experience as a senior congressional staffer to a long serving member of the House Armed Services and Transportation Committees. Shawn has served as a consultant to Fortune 500 Companies, state-ups and some of the most trusted brands in America, including NASA.
He played a pivotal role in the launch of the Northern Plains Unmanned Systems Authority, which laid the foundation for the development of the top performing FAA designated UAS Test Site in the nation. At NASA Ames Research Center’s inaugural Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) symposium, Shawn was the first in the nation to advocate the importance of engaging mayors, county executives and police chiefs on UAS safety, privacy and enforcement challenges. He is a founding member of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility Ecosystem Working Group.
He has shaped solutions at UAS Test Site Technical Interchange Meetings (TIM), and UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) meetings since the first meeting. He served as a senior advisor to the first executive director of the FAA’s Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). He shepherded the early concept spotlighting the need for an FAA UTM Pilot Program (UPP). Most importantly, as a trusted advisor since the early 1990’s Shawn has successfully drafted dozens of transportation, science and security priorities that have earned the President of the United States’ signature.
Throughout his career he has had the pleasure to serve on a handful of boards, but the most enjoyable have been the Royal Aeronautical Society Board of Directors (DC Branch), the National Press Club's Board of Governors, and as SkySpecs’ Advisory Board Chairman. He has earned a Masters degree from George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, and has served on the Schar School’s alumni board.
He is a drone enthusiast, avid cyclist, licensed racecar driver and former competitive sailboat racer.