Steven Iselin
Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy
(Energy, Installations and Environment)


On Jan. 20, 2017, Mr. Steven Iselin became Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment). In this position, Mr. Iselin develops Department-wide policies, procedures, advocacy and strategic plans. He also oversees all Department of the Navy functions and programs related to installations, safety, energy and environment. He previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment).

Mr. Iselin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree in 1980 from the University of Notre Dame. Following graduation he was commissioned an Ensign in the U. S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. In June 1980, he reported for duty with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Forty. While on active duty he served in a variety of increasingly responsible positions, including: Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, N.H.; Accessions Officer at Navy Public Works Center, Great Lakes, Ill.; Planning Officer at Navy Public Works Center, San Diego, Calif.; General Manager of the Pentagon Athletic Club; Deputy Military Construction Officer at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command; Public Works Officer at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev.; Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Program Manager on the Operations Navy (N44) staff; and Infrastructure Team Leader on the Operations Navy (N81) Planning staff.

While Public Works Officer at Naval Air Station Fallon, Mr. Iselin led the completion of more than $100 million in renovations and new construction to support the successful relocation of the Topgun Fighter School from Miramar, Calif. As the OPNAV N44 BRAC Program Manager, he resolved a $150 million program shortfall by applying rigorous “critical to closure” criteria to claimant requests. As the OPNAV N81 Infrastructure Team Leader, he established a framework for and analyzed future requirements for waterfront and airfield facilities worldwide, identifying excess capacity and realigning shore investments in these program areas.

Mr. Iselin completed a successful 20-year Navy career in August 2000, retiring at the rank of Commander.

In 2000, Mr. Iselin joined the Plexus Scientific Corporation as the Facilities and Infrastructure Program Manager. He and his team helped improve facilities programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Smithsonian Institution by researching best practices in industry and establishing policy, training, and processes for planning, design, construction, and operation of their infrastructure assets.

Mr. Iselin joined the Civil Service in November 2002 as the first NAVFAC Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection Program Manager. In April 2004 was selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service and named the NAVFAC Assistant Commander for Base Development. Mr. Iselin was a driving force in creating the Navy Ashore Vision 2030, a strategic vision for Navy
shore infrastructure that guided BRAC 2005 thinking and future shore investment strategy.

In January 2007, Mr. Iselin was selected as the NAVFAC Chief Engineer, the Command’s senior technical authority for all facilities engineering matters. As the Chief Engineer, Mr. Iselin led the facilities design and construction efforts in support of Navy, Marine Corps, and other Agencies missions.

Mr. Iselin received a master’s of science in management from the Naval Postgraduate School in December 1986. His military decorations include a Navy Achievement Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, and a Meritorious Service Medal. He is a licensed professional engineer in Virginia and Wisconsin, and a member of the Society of
American Military Engineers.