Education: Northwestern University, class of 2001; Marine ROTC
Military experience: Marines, 2001-06, Captain
Mission: Logistics officer at Camp Fallujah
Corporate path: Joint MBA/MPA degree from Harvard, 2009; joined PepsiCo's Leadership Development Program as a senior franchise development manager
Why she has an edge: Sullivan's vet status commands respect and admiration, even on a campus like Harvard, where ROTC hasn't been welcome since the turbulent days of Vietnam. In one class, students stood and applauded her. "I had chills. That really drew me in to the school."