Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips, USN (Ret)
Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips, USN (Ret) is a member of the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board. A Surface Warfare Officer, Rear Admiral Ann Phillips, USN (Ret.) served in every warfare group of the Surface Navy: Destroyers, Carriers, Amphibious and Replenishment Ships. During her 31 years on active duty she commissioned and commanded USS MUSTIN (DDG 89), and commanded Destroyer Squadron TWO EIGHT, and Expeditionary Strike Group TWO. Ashore she was a Senior Fellow on the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group XXVIII, and managed requirements and resources for the Surface Navy as Deputy Director and Director of Surface Warfare Division, (N86). From 2009-2012 she served on the Chief of Naval Operations’ Climate Change Task Force, and Energy Task Force, where she Co-Chaired the Surface Force Working Group – developing and implementing climate change adaptation and energy reduction strategies for the Navy. In addition, she has served overseas in Guam and Lisbon, Portugal, and operated extensively with NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.
Drawn to environmental resiliency, from October 2014 to June 2016 she chaired the Infrastructure Working Group for the Old Dominion University-convened Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Pilot Planning Project, working to develop a collaborative, whole of government and community approach to address the impact of sea level rise across the Hampton Roads region. Since retiring from active duty service in 2014 she has completed her MBA at The College of William and Mary, Mason School of Business, serves on several local and regional non-profit Boards, and coordinates an evolving wetlands restoration project for her neighborhood.