President Biden announced on Friday that he intends to nominate retired U.S. Navy Commander Carlos Del Toro as Secretary of the Navy.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Carlos Del Toro immigrated to the U.S. with his family as refugees in 1962. Raised in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, he attended public schools and received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1983.
Over the course of a 22-year Navy career Del Toro held appointments that included Senior Executive Assistant to the Director for Program Analysis and Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; First Commanding Officer of the guided missile destroyer USS Bulkeley; and Special Assistant to the Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Del Toro is the founder of SBG Technology Solutions, Inc. where for the last 17 years he has served as CEO and President. In that Del Toro has supported defense programs across a number of immediate and long-term Navy issue areas, including shipbuilding, AI, cybersecurity, acquisition programs, space systems, health, and training.
Having earned a Masters in National Security Studies from the Naval War College and a Masters in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University, Del Toro has also supported military programs addressing policy and strategic studies.
He was the first Hispanic President of the White House Fellows Foundation and Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Stimson Center. He was recently appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association’s Special Commission on Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion.