Ms. Rae Sullivan

Ms. Sullivan joined Naval District Washington as Executive Director in November 2020.  In this capacity, she serves as the principal advisor to the Region Commander, responsible for policy, strategy, governance, and business management across the region.  As the senior civilian, she leads more than 300 Naval District Washington employees and 3,400 region employees.      

Prior to joining Naval District Washington, Ms. Sullivan served as the Director of Anti-terrorism/ Force Protection (AT/FP) Ashore at Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), where she managed the execution of Navy’s $1.1B (FY20 Future Years Defense Program (FYDP)) portfolio spanning the areas of force protection, emergency management and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive defense.  She led a matrixed organization of 450 personnel across Navy Systems Commands, supporting lifecycle management of more than 1,400 operational systems, including research, development, testing and evaluation, system deployment, sustainment, in-service engineering, configuration management, and cybersecurity.  During her tenure, she focused on significant change transformation efforts and led the organizational realignment of the AT/FP program to Commander, Navy Installations Command Headquarters, where she established the Public Safety Systems Directorate (N3S) and served as its first Program Director.

 Prior to joining NAVFAC, Ms. Sullivan served five years on the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) staff as the Navy’s lead energy program analyst for the Shore Readiness Division (OPNAV N46).  She led Navy’s $2.4B (FY17 FYDP) energy portfolio that outperformed executive orders, legal mandates, and Department of Navy goals, ultimately resulting in 30% energy consumption reduction across the shore.  She was also instrumental in the stand up of the Renewable Energy Program Office that developed large-scale energy projects by leveraging private-sector financing.  She supported several other base operating support programs during her time on the CNO staff, including mission assurance, utilities, and transportation.

Before coming to work for Navy, Ms. Sullivan served six years with the Department of Justice’s Federal Prison Industries.  She developed renewable energy projects for federal agencies, oversaw two photovoltaic solar panel manufacturing facilities, developed new product lines, established strategic partnerships with industry, and reorganized internal business processes. 

Ms. Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia with a double major in Political Philosophy, Public Policy and Law; and French Language and Literature; and a minor in the History of Art.  

Last Updated: 21 June 2022

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