secretary john & margaret dalton

former secretary of the united states navy
advocate and philanthropist

Washington, DC | Founding/Board Members

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John, former Secretary of the Navy, most recently served as the president of the Housing Policy Council as part of The Financial Services Roundtable for more than twelve years. During his tenure as president, he guided the expansion of the Council and its public policy agenda before the administration and Congress. John has had a distinguished career in government beginning as a naval officer.  Serving in the Navy from 1964 to 1969, he attained the rank of lieutenant while serving on active duty and subsequently was promoted to lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was appointed to three positions within the U.S. government by two U.S. presidents, including his nomination and confirmation to become the 70th Secretary of the Navy. 

Margaret became a strong voice in the advocacy of quality of life issues within the Navy during the time her husband served as Secretary of the Navy. She chaired the Informal Network for Quality of Life, a working group composed of spouses of senior uniformed and civilian leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps. Her efforts in this area resulted in the construction and renovation of several housing communities and significant improvements to the quality of life for sailors and marines. Margaret also worked to improve morale, welfare and recreation programs, child development and youth services, family service centers, and military and family medical care. Margaret has served in various positions in the Episcopal Church, and she is currently an active member in the Washington National Cathedral. She has also provided leadership in community and civic activities, such as the Cystic Fibrosis Finance Committee in San Antonio, the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, and at Habitat for Humanity International in Washington, D.C. as a congressional liaison.