Rear Adm. Shepard Smith recently named Capt. Elizabeth Kretovic as deputy hydrographer of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey. As deputy hydrographer, Capt. Kretovic will focus on Congressional engagement, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and interagency coordination for Coast Survey.
"Coast Survey’s products and services provide critical support to our nation's maritime transportation system," said Rear Adm. Smith. "Capt. Kretovic has the experience, knowledge, and leadership skills to represent Coast Survey and communicate the importance of our mission to key constituents."
Capt. Kretovic comes to Coast Survey from NOAA Ship Hi’ialakai where she just completed a successful command tour. Previously, she served as the executive officer of the Office of Response and Restoration’s Emergency Response Division, where she led the division through updating their annual operating plan, strategic planning, implementing lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as well as the interagency and intra-agency coordination of emergency response.
A dedicated NOAA Corps officer for nineteen years, Capt. Kretovic recently completed NOAA's Leadership Competencies Development Program (LCDP) in January 2016. While in LCDP, she completed assignments in NOAA's Workforce Management Office, and also as a senior adviser to the deputy undersecretary of operations where much of her focus was on leading organizational change. With over 9 years of sea duty, Capt. Kretovic served two tours aboard NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown, and began her seagoing career aboard NOAA Ship David Starr Jordan.