Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn (USN, ret.)
President and CEO
American Council On Renewable Energy
In 2011, Retired Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn took the helm as President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) where he advances the organization’s mission of building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. Under McGinn’s leadership, ACORE launched EnergyFactCheck, a website designed to rebalance the debate about renewable energy, providing fact-based information to counter misinformation about the industry.
Admiral McGinn is a widely recognized energy and national security expert. He is regularly asked to participate in public forums about energy and national security and has been published in newspaper articles and opinion pages across the country.
He serves as co-chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board advising policy makers on the nexus of energy and national security, and as an international security senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is also on the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, a member of the United States Energy Security Council, and a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Board. He was previously with Battelle Memorial Institute, where he was a corporate officer and led the energy, transportation, and environment division.
McGinn's continued commitment to bettering the nation follows a 35-year career with the U.S. Navy where he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist. His capstone assignment with the Navy was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs at the Pentagon, where he oversaw the development of future U.S. Navy capabilities. In a previous operational leadership role, he commanded the U.S. Third Fleet. Admiral McGinn earned a B.S. degree in naval engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, attended the national security program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and was a Chief of Naval Operations strategic studies fellow at the U.S. Naval War College.