Willis, a member of Senior Executive Service.
From 2007 to present she has been the Director of the U.S. Integrated
Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Program. U.S. IOOS, led by the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is a coordinated network of people and
technology that work together to generate and disseminate continuous data on
our coastal waters, Great Lakes, and oceans. From 2006 to 2007 she was the
Director of NOAA’s National Oceanographic Data Center.
She was commissioned
an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1981 and retired with the rank of
Captain in 2006, serving as a Meteorology and Oceanography officer. She has promoted interagency cooperation as
the Naval Deputy to NOAA; worldwide sea ice analysis and forecasting as
Director of the National Ice Center; and as the satellite and operations
officer Naval Polar Oceanography Center. Her meteorological background include
weather forecasting for Naval aircraft as the Officer in Charge of the Naval
Oceanography Command Detachment, Oceana Virginia and for Navy vessels as the
Naval Eastern Oceanography Center, Norfolk Virginia. Ms. Willis has a
background in the collection of oceanographic data onboard the USNS Harkness
and USNS Maury survey vessels and in the electronic navigational charting as
Deputy Navigator of the Navy. Her other relevant Naval positions are the
director of the Strategic Policy Forum (a Congressional and Executive Branch
crisis simulation for Members of Congress, senior Executive branch officials,
and military leaders) and adjunct professor in the Strategic Leadership
Department at the Industrial College for the Armed Forces.
received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science from the University of South
Carolina, a Master’s degree in Meteorology and Oceanography from the Naval
Postgraduate School and a Master’s Degree in National Strategy from the
Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
All sessions by Ms. Zdenka Willis