NOAA Leadership

David M. Kennedy

David M. Kennedy, Deputy Under Secretary for Operations

David M. Kennedy, Deputy Under Secretary for Operations

David M. Kennedy serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Operations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As NOAA’s chief operating officer, he is responsible for the day-to-day management of NOAA’s national and international operations for oceanic and atmospheric services, research, and coastal and marine stewardship. He is a key advisor to the Under Secretary/NOAA Administrator on NOAA program and policy issues.

Mr. Kennedy has served NOAA and the nation for more than 20 years in NOAA’s Ocean Service (NOS), most recently as the Assistant Administrator.  At NOS, he led hazardous materials management and response efforts, including coordinating federal scientific response to more than 100 oil and chemical spill incidents, including the Exxon Valdez and BP/Deepwater Horizon

Among many of the awards Mr. Kennedy has received throughout his extensive career, several stand out. In October 2001, David was recognized with a prestigious Presidential Rank Award for his leadership and exemplary accomplishments including the development of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration which has become the leader in environmental pollution response and assessment. In October 2009, David’s leadership, innovation and vision were once again recognized with a prestigious Presidential Rank Award, and in November 2009, he was recognized in a Gold Medal group award for strong leadership and innovation leading to the completion of the environmental cleanup and historical preservation of the Pribilof Islands.

Mr. Kennedy is a native of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Northern Colorado.  He and his wife, Gini, reside on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.