Dara Castle
Area of Focus
Government contracting
Office Location
McLean, VA

Dara Castle

Government Contracting Leader
Dara Castle
Area of Focus
Government contracting
Office Location
McLean, VA

About Dara

Dara is partner and market leader responsible for the culture, growth and strategy in RSM US LLP's Washington, D.C., metro offices. She is also the national leader for RSM's nearly $100 million government contracting practice. 


Experience

Dara leverages her deep experience in government contracting to help RSM deliver the highest level of client service. She stays abreast of current issues in the federal government and other regulatory bodies to guide her RSM colleagues and clients. She leads audit, tax and consulting teams to advise government contractors in multiple industries, customer bases and organizational structures. She is focused on growing the firm's government contracting practice and delivering RSM's comprehensive services and resources to serve the needs of this ecosystem. 

For nearly her entire career, Dara has been with RSM and its predecessor firms in the Washington, D.C., market. She derives great satisfaction in being an ally, sponsor and coach to her RSM colleagues and is passionate about mentoring women and advocating for their career advancement within the firm.

Dara previously led RSM's women's initiative, focusing on the retention and advancement of women through the firm's STAR (Stewardship and Teamwork for the Advancement and Retention of women) employee networking group. A mother of two sons, she is a role model for working moms at the firm, helping to grow STAR's membership from 300 to in excess of 3,000 in three short years. Dara helped design robust programming and education to aid women in realizing their full potential and helped guide RSM leaders in becoming allies for those women. As market leader, she continues to encourage and facilitate broad participation in local culture and diversity programming. 

Outside of RSM, Dara is a competitive equestrian and travels across the United States to participate in amateur competitions. She rode horses as a child and, after a long break, returned to her passion by way of an RSM client, now friend, who owns an equestrian facility.


Professional affiliations and designations

  • Certified public accountant, North Carolina 

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, member 

  • RSM STAR Employee Networking Group, member


Education

  • Bachelor of Science, accounting, North Carolina State University
Dara Castle
Area of Focus
Government contracting
Office Location
McLean, VA