Winli McAnally has been working for the US Navy since 2001, specializing in executive education, planning, and program management. She became the Director of the Center for Executive Education at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) March 2015. In this role, she leads 18-faculty and a two-person staff in designing and delivering executive education and professional development courses for the Navy’s senior leadership. She manages the budget for the Navy Executive Development Program and administers an academic schedule of twenty-five formal courses and over twenty ad hoc programs tailored to command requirements. She also develops the Tailored Support (TS) courses for Flag Officers transferring to new assignments; the unique TS program is acclaimed for streamlining the Flag transition process, better preparing Flags for their next assignments, and enabling Flag Officers to more quickly adapt to the demands of their new commands. Winli is certified in a number of executive coaching tools, and serves as a facilitator for various executive-level education workshops offered to senior
Navy leaders and their teams around the country. Prior to joining CEE, Winli served as the Deputy Director and Operations Manager of the EMBA program in the NPS Graduate School of Business and Public Policy.
Ms McAnally received her undergraduate degree from University of Virginia and holds a Master’s degree in Marine Sciences and Oceanography from University of San Diego. She spent over five years conducting biological and ecological research in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada and Mono Lake, CA; and served two years in Alaska on the NOAA Ship RAINIER as a senior survey technician. She was a researcher and engineer for a hydro-optics laboratory prior to working for the Naval Postgraduate School.