LTCOL John Paul Woodley, Jr. (Retired)

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John Paul Woodley, Jr., offers unique insights and abilities developed in service at the highest levels of State and Federal Government. After his tenure as Deputy Attorney General of Virginia for Government Operations, Mr. Woodley served as Secretary of Natural Resources for Virginia, with overall responsibility for all environmental protection and permitting, outdoor recreation and open space management, inland and marine fisheries and historic resources in the Commonwealth.

In 2001, Mr. Woodley was appointed by President George W. Bush to the U. S. Department of Defense as principal environmental advisor to the Secretary of Defense. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Woodley served as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, responsible for the civil works functions of the Department of the Army, including the civil works activities of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Arlington National Cemetery.

Mr. Woodley implemented a major business process transformation within the Corps starting with the first use of performance-based budgeting in Corps history. Under his leadership, the Corps steadily improved its business processes to eliminate unnecessary steps and speed its planning and execution of major projects. Mr. Woodley also implemented a major program of independent, external peer review of Corps project proposals and made extensive improvements in the Corps’ project cost estimating processes. Other major undertakings included the reconstruction of the hurricane protection system for New Orleans, Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the restoration of the Florida Everglades.

During Mr. Woodley’s tenure as Assistant Secretary, the Corps undertook several major harbor improvement projects and many major projects for improvement of the inland waterways system across the nation. The Corps also expanded its role in aquatic ecosystem restoration projects from New England to California.

Mr. Woodley also made strengthening the Corps wetlands regulatory program a major emphasis of his administration. He improved the Corps’ nationwide permits regulation and issued a new joint Corps-EPA regulation governing wetlands mitigation activity, encouraging the use of wetlands mitigation banks and other flexible mitigation alternatives.

Mr. Woodley has been honored with the U. S. Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Silver de Fleury Medal from the Army Engineer Regiment, and as a Fellow of the U. S. Section of PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure.

Mr. Woodley served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, retiring in the rank of lieutenant colonel after 22 years of active and reserve service. His assignments included Chief, Administrative Law for the 1st Armored Division in Germany, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 80th Reserve Division, and General Court-Martial Trial Judge (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), Office of the Chief Trial Judge, U.S. Army Judiciary.

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