John E. Odegaard

Director Strategic Communications
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The son of a WWII naval officer, he served in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer for 24 years. Following his active duty service, he spent 13 years in the private sector at two high-technology companies. He was executive director of the Naval War College Foundation for six years prior to serving as a political appointee in the Department of Defense.

Areas of Expertise

  • National Security

Professional Highlights


Director Strategic Communications

Directs the design, establishment and implementation of internal and external communications strategies

Chief of Staff & Special Assistant

Office of the Secretary of the Navy

Executive Director

Naval War College Foundation Executive Director from 2011 to 2017

Private Sector

Positions of leadership at The Boeing Company and RadiantBlue Technologies.

U.S. Navy

Career naval officer for 24 years.


Industrial College of the Armed Forces

The George Washington University

University of Southern California

The Hoover Institution, Stanford University

U.S. Naval Academy

External Memberships and Associations

Navy League

New York City Council

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