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Former Chairman
Joint Chiefs of Staff

Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.), served as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations from 2005 to 2007 and as the 17th Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff for Presidents Bush and Obama from 2007 to 2011. He led the military during a critical time of change and transition and was deeply involved in mentoring and promoting officers from diverse backgrounds to help them achieve the highest ranks in the military.

Admiral Mullen, USN (Ret.) advanced the rapid fielding of innovative technologies, championed emerging and enduring global partnerships, and promoted new methods for countering terrorism. He spearheaded the elimination of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, creating space for the open service of gay and lesbian men and women for the first time in history.

Admiral Mullen, USN (Ret.) is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, a Distinguished Alumni of Harvard Business School, a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and served as a Trustee at Caltech. Since his retirement from the United States Navy in November 2011 after 43 years of honorable service, Admiral Mullen, USN (Ret.) joined the corporate boards of General Motors from 2013 to 2018 and Sprint from 2013 to 2019. He continues to serve on numerous boards, to include Bloomberg Philanthropies, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, Harvard Business School, and a wide array of nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the growth, development, recovery, and transition of military veterans and their families.

Additionally, he taught National Security Decision-Making and Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University from 2012 to 2018 and continues to teach advanced ethics and leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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