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John Luce

Chief of Staff and General Counsel

John Luce was appointed as the NOAA General Counsel on July 23, 2018.  He advises the leadership of NOAA on legal matters that may arise in the conduct of NOAA's missions. He leads a team of over 140 legal professionals in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, MD and six regional sections. In December 2019 he also assumed the duties of NOAA Chief of Staff. In this role, he provides direct support to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere in administering the overall operations of NOAA.

John came to NOAA from the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard where he served as Chief of the General Law Division, Chief of Staff to the Judge Advocate General, and Chief of the Claims and Litigation Division. He also previously served as an admiralty trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and a Senior Appellate Government Counsel at the Office of Military Justice. 

John graduated with from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.