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David M. Kennedy

Global Fellow, Polar Institute


    April 30, 2020 — April 30, 2022

    Professional affiliation

    Chair, United States Arctic Research Commission

    Full Biography

    Mr. Kennedy is NOAA's Senior Policy Advisor for the Arctic region. He works closely with leadership and the NOAA Arctic Task Force to address policy goals, objectives, and program matters. Kennedy retired from federal service in January 2014, after more than 20 years of service to NOAA and the nation. Prior to retiring, he served as NOAA's Deputy Under Secretary for Operations. As NOAA’s chief operating officer, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of NOAA’s national and international operations for ocean and atmospheric services, research and coastal and marine stewardship. He was a key advisor to the Under Secretary/NOAA Administrator on program and policy issues. In 2001 and in 2009, Mr. Kennedy was recognized with a prestigious Presidential Rand Award for his leadership and exemplary accomplishments including the development of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration that has become the leader in environmental pollution response and assessment. The first 20 years of his career included Air Force Pilot, facilities Director for Arctic Research and Director and Administrator of a variety of environmental and coastal management programs.

    Major Publications


    J. Lubchenco, M. McNutt, G. Dreyfus, S. Murawski, D. Kennedy, P. Anastasia, S. Chu, T. Hunter. Dec. 11, 2012. “Science in Support of the Deepwater Horizon Response.” Proceedings of the National Acadamy of Sciences. 109. 50

    Previous Terms

    Global Fellow, Polar Institute