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Phyllis L. Bayer

Vice President
Dumbarton Strategies, LLC

Expertise in:

  • Large organizational leadership and management
  • Infrastructure, energy, environment, and safety
  • Strategic Planning
  • Federal Board Service,
  • Ethics and Values-Based Culture
  • Broad, Diverse, and Balanced Perspective
  • A positive approach that challenges the status quo to find new solutions that increase output and reduce costs.
  • Effective change management leader.
  • Experience in safety and risk management (cost/schedule risk; social risk; environmental risk).

Describe your industry experience:

  • Defense industry (infrastructure, facilities, economic redevelopment, training, personnel)
  • Energy Industry (cyber security; small nuclear reactors; geothermal; distributed energy)
  • Privatization (utilities, housing, and hotels)
  • Facilities Modernization
  • Test and Evaluation (large scale infrastructure of air, land and sea ranges)
  • Environmental Industry (National Environmental Policy Act; Historic Preservation; Clean Water; Clean Air; CERCLA/RCRA, etc.)
  • Safety Industry (both safety operations and safety training and reporting)

Describe your functional experience:

Most recently, Phyllis served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment, overseeing $400B of capital assets on 4 million acres world-wide supporting the Navy and Marine Corps.  She managed an annual appropriation of $15B including military construction and facilities maintenance.  In this role, she developed goals/metrics to increase energy resiliency and streamline safety and environmental programs.  She championed an initiative to embrace modern technologies to produce more efficient operations, shrink the real property footprint, increase productivity, and reduce costs.  She enhanced the cyber resiliency in facilities-related control systems.  She is cleared for Top Secret and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information.

Phyllis has three decades of executive experience in the Department of Defense, where she addressed complex challenges associated with large organizations, including strategic planning, culture change, and managing people, performance, and budgets.  As a leader of several organizations, Phyllis became skilled in distilling organizational strategies into meaningful performance that exceeded expected outcomes.  Her expertise lies in infrastructure modernization, privatization, energy, and safety and environmental compliance.  She managed contract execution for stronger ROI, by scrubbing labor and non-core functions and helped reduce costs.  She also has deep experience in performance management, compensation, and recruiting.

Describe your key business transactional experience:

  • Reorganizing large enterprises to streamline performance and operations
  • Regulatory community (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, General Services Administration, Occupational, Safety, and Health Administration, National Environmental Policy Act, etc.)

What is the most important skill you bring to a corporate board?

  • Broad, diverse and balanced experience with a sophisticated knowledge of complex business issues (government, technology, public policy, infrastructure, energy, and environment)
  • Demonstrated record of achievement and success at strategy and policy development and at many levels, from operations to corporate oversight
  • ESG awareness, as well as risk management and crisis management
  • Respects the talent of all members of a team and works with collegiality, discretion, integrity, and trust