NIAF Statement on President Biden’s Nomination of Adm. Lisa Franchetti


Gabriella Mileti
Director of Special Programs and PR | NIAF

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) applauds President Biden’s historic decision to nominate Admiral Lisa Franchetti as Chief of Naval Operations. If confirmed, Adm. Franchetti will become the first woman to ever serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This groundbreaking nomination underscores the President’s commitment to diversity within our military’s top leadership.

Adm. Franchetti’s qualifications make her exceptionally prepared for this role as she is currently serving as the vice chief of naval operations. She previously led the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet, based in Naples, Italy, and covered all naval forces in Europe and Africa. Her distinguished 38-year career includes combat experience, leadership of a carrier strike group deployment, and senior strategy roles. Adm. Franchetti is an accomplished professional who has shattered gender barriers throughout her Navy service.

NIAF joins all Americans in congratulating Adm. Lisa Franchetti on this momentous nomination. Her talents, dedication and authentic leadership will greatly benefit the Navy and our national security. We urge the Senate to swiftly confirm her, so she can bring her exceptional abilities to represent all service members on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Adm. Franchetti exemplifies the proud tradition of Italian Americans serving in defense of our nation.


About NIAF:
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization based in the United States that promotes the Italian culture and heritage. Founded in 1975, NIAF has been a leading advocate for Italian Americans, preserving their legacy and promoting their contributions to the United States.