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Dr. Donna (Mischell) Navarro

Acting Assistant Commandant of Human Resources and Senior Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion

U.S. Coast Guard

Dr. Mischell Navarro assumed the duties as the Deputy Assistant Commandant for Human Resources (CG-1D) and Chief of Military Personnel Policy (CG-13) in October 2020. She is responsible for implementing the vision for human capital management; to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse, proficient and effective workforce to meet the current and future needs of the Service’s nearly 60,000 member active duty, reserve, and civilian workforce.

Before coming to CG-1, Dr. Navarro served as Chief Human Capital Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Headquarters National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Washington, D.C. In that capacity, she worked as a strategic partner with leaders across NNSA and DOE to insure that human resource policies, procedures, and practices, including workforce planning strategies, fostering sound human resource management, and providing an accountability system that adhered to merit system principles and maintained legal compliance, effectiveness, efficiency, and timeliness. She joined the Senior Executive Service in 2017.

Dr. Navarro also served as Executive Director, Manpower, Personnel and Services, Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), LA, where she provided leadership and direction to the nuclear command. She oversaw personnel, resources, manpower allocations, accession, hiring, readiness, and force development planning and implementation. Dr. Navarro also served as Chief, Manpower, Resources, and Civilian Personnel Division, AFGSC. She managed the execution of funded and unfunded command requirements along with officer and enlisted grades allocation and personnel assignments for 36K members and influenced programming of more than $3.4B annually. Prior to that assignment, she was assigned to the Pentagon as a Senior Program Analyst, Manpower and Personnel Budget Development, and a Liaison to Congress.

Dr. Navarro began her career in 1991 at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Throughout her career, she has held various key positions within the United States and OCONUS at Wing, Major Command, Field Operating Agency, and Headquarters Air Force. During her career, she has served in multiple positions within Manpower, Budget, Personnel and Services. She is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, Squadron Officer School, and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling.