Vice Admiral Mary Jackson retired in July 2020 after over three decades of service in the United States Navy. Prior to retirement, Jackson served as the 6th Commander, Navy Installations Command from March 2017 to May 2020, where she led the Navy’s shore enterprise of more than 53,000 personnel at 10 Navy Regions and 71 installations around the world. From 2014 to 2017, she commanded the Navy’s largest Navy base, Naval Station Norfolk, where she was the equivalent of a city manager or Mayor for a city with a population of 64,000 people, managing operational and service industries while managing the Navy’s relationship with local agencies, surrounding communities, and national media.

VADM Jackson is an experienced Enterprise Risk manager who navigated multiple significant natural and manmade incidents through crisis management, to include: cyber intrusions, active shooter attacks, a pandemic, hurricane and earthquake events, and shore support to ship and aviation mishaps. She also served on the Navy’s equivalent of the Corporate Board advising the Chief of Naval Operations and Secretary of the Navy on strategy related to infrastructure, shore resiliency, and diversity and inclusion. Admiral Jackson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics (Oceanography emphasis) from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters of Engineering Management from George Washington University.