Alumni Chapter Board, Member at Large
Master of Public Administration
Mark O’Malley presently serves as the Director of Operations and Plans in the Division of Sealift Operations and Emergency Response at the U.S. Maritime Administration in Washington, D.C. In this position, he directs the management of shore side logistical support for 53 Ready Reserve Fleet vessels that support Department of Defense and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. Additionally, he manages emergency response policy and procedures for MARAD in coordination with other modes in the Department of Transportation.
Previously he was the Director of Boating Services at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources from, 2012-2017. In this position was responsible for administering a $20 million grant program to construct and repair boating infrastructure and conduct dredging projects, and the development of navigation standards and safe boating regulations.
He served 30 years in the United States Coast Guard in the fields of maritime safety, security, and search and rescue retiring in 2012 at the rank of Captain. His last assignment was as Commanding Officer of Sector Maryland and the National Capital Region. Sector Maryland/NCR executes all Coast Guard missions for Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington DC with a crew of 480 active duty and reserve personnel.
His previous Coat Guard field assignments included Group New York, Marine Inspection Office, New York, Marine Safety Office Providence, RI, Deputy Commander Activities Baltimore, and Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Office Portland Maine. Three staff assignments included Office of Response, and Office of Port and Facility Security at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC, and Chief of Prevention for the Seventh CG District in Miami, FL.
In addition to his MPA from GMU, he earned a bachelor of science from the University of Massachusetts. Mark also graduated from the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College. He later attended the Maxwell School National Security Management Course at Syracuse University and the National Security Leadership Seminar at the Department of State's Foreign Service Institute.
He lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife Susan. They have two adult children, Elizabeth O’Malley who is an Asylum Officer with Citizenship and Immigration Service, and Conor O’Malley, GMU ’12, who is presently serving with the Peace Corps in Morocco.