Commander Anita Scott
CDR Scott is the Executive Officer of Training Center (TRACEN) Petaluma. Past tours include serving as the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) of TRACEN Petaluma and prior to that she was the Deputy Chief of the Operations Law Group at Coast Guard Headquarters from 2009 to 2011. From 2007 to 2009, she served as a Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division in Washington, DC.
CDR Scott is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1997 she graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with Bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and English Literature. Later that week she enlisted in the Coast Guard and was stationed at Station Golden Gate in Sausalito, CA where she later earned the MLB and RHIB coxswain qualifications. In May of 2000, she graduated from Pepperdine University with her Juris Doctor degree and Master’s Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution (MDR); Mediation, Arbitration, and Negotiation. She also earned her Master of Laws (LLM) in Admiralty from Tulane University in 2002. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and in May 2013, was certified and sworn in as a Military Judge.
In August 2000, CDR Scott was direct commissioned as an attorney and assigned to the CGD Eight Legal Office in New Orleans. In August 2002, she transferred to MLC Pacific Legal Division in Alameda as a staff attorney for the Command and Operational Law Branch. From August 2003 to August 2005, she was the inaugural officer-in-charge of the Fields Intelligence Support Team (FIST) in San Francisco. During this tour, FIST San Francisco was selected as the 2004 Outstanding Intelligence Unit for the Coast Guard. From August 2005 to July 2007, she was assigned as Deputy SJA in the CGD Fourteen Legal Office in Honolulu.
CDR Scott’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Commendation Medals, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal and numerous other personal and unit awards. She is a professional PADI divemaster and has dove extensively around the globe. She also enjoys triathlons and has competed at the half Ironman distance as well as run marathons on three continents including Antarctica, Africa and Australia on track to complete all seven.