Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.), served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment from September 2013 until January 2017. In this role, he led the transformation of naval installations toward greater mission resiliency though energy efficiency, renewable energy, microgrids, and other technologies.
Previously, Admiral McGinn served on active duty in the United States Navy for 35 years attaining the rank of Vice Admiral. He served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs, overseeing the development of future Navy capabilities, and previously commanded the United States Third Fleet. While in the Navy, he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist.
Admiral McGinn is a former President of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) where he led efforts to communicate the economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy. Admiral McGinn is a past member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, Bipartisan Center Energy Board, and Co-Chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board. He presently serves on the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, Willdan Group, HALO Maritime Security Systems, Customer First Renewables and on the board of trustees for RMI.
Admiral McGinn is a senior strategic advisor for enterprise digitalization company C3.ai, as well as for the Center for Climate Security, Lee Enterprise Consultants, and the energy institutes at Colorado State University and Georgia Tech.
Admiral McGinn holds a BS in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Fellow at the U.S. Naval War College.