In a letter to Senior Navy Leaders, Mr. Thomas Hicks, Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy, Management, announced the appointment of Ms. Emily Harman to the position of Director, Navy Office of Small Business Programs. With this promotion, Ms. Harman joins the Senior Executive Service (SES).
The SES, somewhat analogous to general officer or flag officer ranks in the U.S. Armed Forces, serve in the key positions just below the top Presidential appointees. SES members are the major link between these appointees and the rest of the Federal workforce. They operate and oversee nearly every government activity in approximately 75 Federal agencies.
Mr. Hicks wrote: "It is my pleasure to announce Ms. Emily Harman has been selected as the Department of the Navy's Director, Office of Small Business Programs effective 24 August 2015. Emily will join our team after serving 10 years as NAVAIR Associate Director of the Office of Small Business Programs. Prior to this role, Ms. Harman served as a Division Director in the Major Weapons System for Air-Antisubmarine Warfare, Assault, Special Mission Programs Contracts Department and as the Multi-Mission Helicopter Program Office (PMA 299) Contracting Officer prior to that.
After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, Emily served as a Supply Corps Officer in the United States Navy from 1985 to 1992 and retired from the Naval Reserves. Emily served onboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS-39). Other duty stations included the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic, Commander in Chief U.S. Atlantic Fleet, United States Naval Academy, and Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk Detachment Washington. As a passionate advocate for small business programs, I know Emily will continue to deliver results and look for innovative ways to promote acquisition opportunities for small businesses in support of our Sailors and Marines."
Please join Iona Moon in congratulating Emily. We have witnessed first-hand her extraordinary vision, leadership and dedication, both in her professional role—advocating small business utilization within NAVAIR—and in her tireless participation in community activism to improve the lives of young people, encourage economic diversity in the region, and fight the scourge of drug addiction with education and compassion.
We know Emily will continue to do great things in her new role and we wish her every success!