WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation announced May 16 that retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Ann Phillips has been confirmed and sworn in as the 20th Maritime Administration Administrator.
Nominated by President Biden on October 21, 2021, Rear Admiral Phillips was confirmed by the US Senate on May 10. She is the first woman to lead MARAD as a director.
“From her distinguished naval service to her leadership on coastal infrastructure, Rear Admiral Ann Phillips has championed America’s maritime industry throughout her career,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said. “His experience and expertise will be invaluable as we address supply chain bottlenecks, implement maritime investments in bipartisan infrastructure law, ensure the safety and success of Merchant Marine aspirants. Academy and fight against climate change in the maritime sector. I thank Deputy Administrator Lucinda Lessley for her tremendous service leading MARAD as Acting Administrator and look forward to all that she and Ann will accomplish together at the agency in the years to come.
As Chief of Maritime Administration, Phillips will advise the Secretary of Transportation on commercial maritime matters, including movement of goods, supply chain, as well as the U.S. maritime industry, environment and compliance, ports and waterways infrastructure and strategic maritime transport. It will engage public and private players in the maritime industry and oversee the US Merchant Marine Academy.
Phillips will also oversee MARAD’s programs to improve and modernize the nation’s maritime network by administering investments in ports and waterways made possible by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, including $2.25 billion to be awarded during over the next five years under the port infrastructure development program and $25 million. for America’s Highway of the Sea program.
“It is an honor to work alongside the professionals who make up the MARAD team and, to serve the American people, Secretary Buttigieg and the Biden-Harris administration,” Phillips said. “I understand the critical role our commercial merchant navy plays in our national and economic security. During my nearly 31-year career in the Navy, I have witnessed many challenges facing our maritime industry and look forward to working with my colleagues to address them. This is an exciting time for MARAD as we work to expand and strengthen America’s waterway transportation system and workforce.
Phillips most recently served as Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection for the Commonwealth of Virginia, developing Virginia’s first Coastal Resilience Master Plan. Prior to her appointment to the Office of Governor, she served nearly 31 years on active duty and has extensive experience working with multinational maritime forces, including NATO and Partnership for Peace nations, and served in the foreigner in Guam and Lisbon, Portugal.
Its final flag command, Expeditionary Strike Group Two, comprised 14 ships and 10 subordinate commands – all amphibious expeditionary forces on the East Coast of the United States. Previously, she served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Deputy Director and then Director of the Surface Warfare Division. Prior to these positions, she commanded and commanded USS Mustin (DDG 89) and command of Destroyer Squadron 28.
Phillips graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned an MBA, with distinction, from the College of William & Mary – Raymond A. Mason School of Business.