Secretary of the Navy under President Obama
Ray Mabus has been a change leader throughout his career. As the Secretary of the Navy under President Obama, and the longest serving Secretary since WWI, he revolutionized the Navy and Marine Corps, making operations more energy efficient and diversifying their fuel supply, rebuilt the fleet to more than 300 ships, instituted wide-ranging personnel actions including opening all positions to women, and traveled more than 1.3 million miles visiting Sailors and Marines where deployed. He also produced a long-term Gulf Coast restoration plan after the Deepwater Horizon spill. Mabus served as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and as Governor of Mississippi where he prioritized education and job creation. Currently he is an Advisor to Google Ventures, a lecturer at Harvard Law School, an executive fellow at Harvard Business School and a visiting fellow at th Harvard Kennedy School. He also heads The Mabus Group which assists organizations in resiliency and responding to change in a positive way. He sits on two public boards and helps several pre-IPO comapnies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Explorers Club and is on the Board of the Environmental Defense Fund. Mabus holds a bachelors degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi, a masters degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a law degree, magna cum laude, from the Harvard law school. He is also the only person known to have thrown out the first pitch in all 30 major league stadiums.