Rear Admiral Lower Half Anita L. Lopez
Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Anita L. Lopez, NOAA serves as the Deputy Director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps) and Deputy Director for Operations of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO).
As Deputy Director of the NOAA Corps and OMAO, Rear Admiral Lopez is responsible for the direct leadership and management of program and business operations, providing for the safe, efficient and effective operation of the agency's fleet of research and survey ships and aircraft, as well as the management of NOAA’s 321 commissioned officers and approximately 1,000 civilian personnel assigned to OMAO.
Rear Admiral Lopez was appointed into the NOAA Corps in 1991. Her professional career has focused on fisheries management, oceanographic research, operational support, risk analysis, and project and program management. She has over nine years of sea experience sailing on eight NOAA ships with full sea tours aboard NOAA Ship Discoverer, David Starr Jordan, Miller Freeman and as Commanding Officer of the Oscar Elton Sette in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Ashore, Rear Admiral Lopez has held positions in leadership, management, staff and operational billets at NOAA headquarters, the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the National Marine Mammal Laboratory, the NOAA Marine Operations Center – Pacific, and as the Executive Director to NOAA's Deputy Under Secretary of Operations in Washington, D.C. from February 2011 to May 2012. She served most recently as Commanding Officer of the NOAA Marine Operations Center – Atlantic, in Norfolk, VA.
Rear Admiral Lopez has a strong record of achievement. She has earned the Department of Commerce Silver medal, the NOAA Administrator’s award, three NOAA Corps Commendation medals, and six NOAA Corps Achievement Medals.