Washington, D.C.-June 2016– Nanette M DeRenzi, the former Judge Advocate General of the Navy and a retired three-star admiral, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Jefferson Consulting Group.
DeRenzi succeeds Thomas A. Daffron, who has resigned after 10 very successful years as Jefferson’s COO.
Jefferson Consulting Group is a small, woman-owned professional services firm that consists of two companies, Jefferson Business Consulting, which advises commercial clients on how to identify, create, win, and implement Federal contracts, and Jefferson Solutions, which provides management consulting services directly to the Federal government.
“I am extraordinarily pleased that Jefferson was able to attract an individual with Nan’s background to lead our day-to-day operations,” said Julia T. Susman, Jefferson’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to her outstanding accomplishments as a lawyer and naval officer, she has been a skilled manager of people, programs, and budgets – all of which are essential to ensure effective support of the Navy’s mission.”
As the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, DeRenzi, who was a naval officer from 1987 until her retirement in 2015, managed and led a global law firm of 2,300 military and civilian attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants. Her responsibilities ranged from recruitment of top legal talent, to the management, training and retention of that talent.
Among her management accomplishments were a realignment of the Navy’s global legal structure and a centralization of administrative functions to maximize resources and minimize overhead. She developed flex-time, telecommuting, and virtual workplace programs, which enhanced the ability to attract and retain a high-performing diverse workforce.
Earlier in her career, she served as Commander of the Naval Legal Service Command, where she led 17 offices worldwide that provided legal services to the Navy. She managed and equipped the Naval Justice School to successfully meet its responsibility to train all Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel and provide legal training to the Navy.
During her Navy career, DeRenzi also advised senior military, congressional, and civilian leaders on a variety of complex and sensitive legal and policy issues, including crisis response and major investigations, regulatory compliance, ethics, sexual assault prevention and response, diversity and gender integration, inter-agency relations, public-private cooperation, operational and international law, and environmental law.
A native of Philadelphia, DeRenzi was raised in Pennsauken, NJ, and graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University in1983. She was commissioned through the Judge Advocate General’s Corps Student Program and graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1986. She later earned a Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law from George Washington University Law School.
DeRenzi is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Among her many military honors and awards are the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
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