Mary M. Jackson
Vice Admiral Jackson retired in July 2020 after over three decades of service in the United States Navy and is currently a Principal of Desert Rose Navigator, LLC, where she provides advisory services. Admiral Jackson began her career in 1988 as a Surface Warfare Officer serving on and off Navy warships and achieved command of USS McFAUL (DDG 74), an Arleigh Burke class destroyer. Admiral Jackson subsequently commanded the Navy’s largest Navy base, Naval Station Norfolk, where she oversaw operational and service industries while managing the Navy’s relationship with local agencies, surrounding communities, and national media. Upon selection as a Flag Officer, Admiral Jackson served as Commander, Navy Region Southeast and ultimately as Commander, Navy Installations Command, where she was accountable for all Navy installations worldwide. In addition, Admiral Jackson advised the Chief of Naval Operations and the 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 Master of Engineering Management from George Washington University.