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Gloria L. Valdez

Gloria L. Valdez

Retired Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy

Ms. Valdez retired in April 2018 after 32 years of civilian service with the Department of the Navy and the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to her retirement, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) for Research, Development and Acquisition. In this capacity, she was responsible for executive oversight of all naval shipbuilding programs, major ship conversions, and the maintenance, modernization and disposal of in-service ships. She previously served as the Executive Director for the Program Executive Office for submarines, responsible for civilian management and the design, acquisition and construction for submarine platform and undersea systems; as the Director of the Investment and Development division within the Office of ASN for Financial Management and Comptroller; as the Director for Naval and Commercial Construction in the Office of the ASN for Ship Programs; and in various other civilian positions within the Navy Department. She has also served as the Budget Director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement within the Department of Homeland Security.

Ms. Valdez holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Florida Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. She has received the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished, Superior and Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, and in 2014 she was awarded the Pioneer award from Great Minds in STEM.  She was the ship sponsor of the Virginia Class submarine Vermont (SSN 792), which she christened in October 2018.