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Ann C. Phillips

Ann C. PhillipsUNC NROTC Class of 1983.

A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Rear Admiral Ann Phillips, USN (Retired) graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1983 with a B.A. in French. She is a life member of the UNC Alumni Association, and the UNC NROTC Alumni Association, and comes from a family of Tarheel Alumni.

She has served in every warfare group of the Surface Navy: Destroyers, Aircraft 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) in the Pentagon.

She has served overseas in Guam and later in Lisbon, Portugal as the Executive Assistant to Commander SIXTH Fleet/Commander, Joint Command Lisbon, and has operated extensively with NATO and Partnership for Peace nations, including commanding BALTOPS twice during her tour as ESG TWO.

Upon retirement from the U.S. Navy in 2014 she pursued her MBA at The College of William and Mary, Mason School of Business, graduating in 2016. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. During this time she also chaired the Infrastructure Working Group for the Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Pilot Planning Project convened by Old Dominion University.

Compelled by the challenges of changing climate and extreme weather, she now consults on climate resiliency and adaptation and continues to work to address sea level rise and climate impact on national security at the regional and national level, writing and speaking about climate security and adaptation strategies to a broad range of audiences. In addition, she serves on local, regional, and national non-profit boards, and coordinates an evolving wetlands restoration project for her neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia, where she resides with her husband and fellow SWO, CAPT Luis Boticario, USN (Retired) and their exuberant Standard Poodle.

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