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NOAA Environmental Leadership Seminar Series: Past Presentations

People, Platforms, and Culture - The Roadmap to Sustainable Excellence

by Katie Poser on 2021-04-22T17:27:00-04:00 | 0 Comments


Date: April 22, 2021 

Speaker: RDML Nancy Hann, Deputy Director for Operations, NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), and Deputy Director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps.

Sponsor(s): NOAA Environmental Leadership seminar series. The NOAA Environmental Leadership Seminar Series was created to provide insight into NOAA’s leadership in environmental science, by those who lead it and make it happen. NOAA leadership and Subject Matter Experts, and NOAA partners speak on topics relevant to NOAA’s mission. Sponsored by the NOAA Research Council. For questions, contact:, or

Abstract: The NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations operates NOAA's Fleet of 15 vessels, 10 aircraft, the Uncrewed Systems Operations Center, and NOAA Dive Center. Success of these operations is built on three key pillars: people, platforms and culture. From ship and aircraft recapitalization efforts to development of a certified Total Worker Health Program, OMAO employs a holistic approach to ensure vital data is provided for public safety, commerce, national security, and environmental intelligence. RDML Nancy Hann will discuss OMAO's multi-faceted approach to sustainable excellence now and into the future in support of the Department of Commerce and NOAA missions. 

About the Speaker: Rear Admiral Nancy Hann serves as the Deputy Director for Operations, NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), and Deputy Director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps. Rear Admiral Hann is responsible for the direct leadership and management of OMAO’s operational assets, including the agency's fleet of 16 research and survey vessels and nine aircraft. She has served in many operational and management assignments, most recently completing tours as the commanding officer of the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center and as OMAO's Chief of Staff. Rear Admiral Hann has served aboard NOAA aircraft as both a pilot and flight meteorologist, and has supported a variety of scientific missions and multiple unmanned aircraft missions as a pilot and project manager. Her previous experience includes serving as Executive Officer at the NOAA Marine Operations Center-Atlantic, Associate Director at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, and NOAA liaison to the U.S. Pacific Command. She has served aboard two NOAA ships and is a certified diver. Rear Admiral Hann holds a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a master’s degree in aeronautical science and space studies from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a bachelor’s degree in marine science and biology from the University of San Diego. RDML Hann has a strong record of achievement and has received numerous awards, including the NOAA Corps Meritorious Service Medal, and multiple Department of Commerce medals. Source:

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