Holly Bamford Named as NOS Deputy Assistant Administrator


February 23, 2011
Holly Bamford

Dr. Holly Bamford

Dr. Holly Bamford has been named deputy assistant administrator (DAA) for the National Ocean Service.  

“Dr. Bamford brings a unique set of skills that make her particularly well qualified for this position. She is both a strong scientist and an excellent manager. I am delighted that Dr. Bamford will bring her expertise and enthusiasm to the job as deputy assistant administrator,” said NOS assistant administrator David Kennedy.

“It’s an honor to have been selected for this position,” said Dr. Bamford. “The National Ocean Service boasts a diverse portfolio of excellent programs that serve Americans every day. NOS translates science into action, delivering the information, tools, and technical services needed to support healthy communities and economies.”

Dr. Bamford earned a Ph.D. in the field of organic environmental chemistry, quantifying the physical and chemical processes that control the transport and fate of organic contaminants.  During her graduate training, Dr. Bamford spent much of her time in the field and on research vessels gathering data in support of her research.  During this time, she spent a year as a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology developing analytical methods to detect trace organic contaminants in water and air particles.  Dr. Bamford has a number of peer-reviewed publications that have been widely referenced in the field of environmental chemistry and water quality, including papers in Environmental Science & Technology, Atmospheric Environment, and Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry.  In her first position at NOAA, Dr. Bamford served as a senior member of the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research executive scientific support team.   

In addition, Dr. Bamford brings significant leadership and management expertise—skills that were first honed as an undergraduate studying business management. As the director of NOAA’s Marine Debris Program in the Office of Response and Restoration, Holly brought national recognition to issues related to marine debris and to the program, accomplishments that were recognized with a NOAA Administrator’s Award in 2008. Through her work as Marine Debris Director and Division Chief, Dr. Bamford has served on a number of scientific and advisory committees and presented at a number of national and international meetings, academic institutions, as well as addressed the public through national media outlets including CNN, ABC, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Good Morning America, Rolling Stone, People, and the Wall Street Journal

Dr. Bamford also served as acting deputy assistant administrator for NOS for much of 2010. During this time, she led a comprehensive review of headquarters functions to identify efficiencies. 

Throughout her academic and federal service, Dr. Bamford has received a number of prestigious awards for the demonstration of exceptional management, leadership, and partnership skills, including a NOAA Bronze Medal, NOAA Administrator’s Awards, Coastal America Presidential Partnership Awards, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gulf Guardian Award. She was recognized by the Washington Post in February, 2010, under the Federal Player Profile.