Ms. Katherine M. Aldrich is the Deputy Counsel for the Commandant, United States Marine Corps. As Deputy Counsel, Ms. Aldrich is responsible to assist the Counsel in his duties as the senior legal advisor to the Commandant, Assistant Commandant, the Deputy Commandants, and numerous other top officials of the Marine Corps providing advice and counsel on the full spectrum of business and other related legal issues. She supervises over 100 civilian and Marine judge advocate attorneys and support staff located at Headquarters, Marine Corps and fourteen field offices worldwide. Ms. Aldrich was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2020.
From 2015 to April 2020, Ms. Aldrich served as the Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Acquisition Integrity) (AI) in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Department of the Navy (DON). In this role, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Acquisition Integrity Office (AIO) and assisted the Assistant General Counsel (AGC) (AI) with regard to acquisition fraud matters, to include training for the procurement workforce and engagements with major DON contractors. From June 2017 to May 2018, she served as the AGC (AI), (Acting) (SES billet), responsible for advising the DON General Counsel and the Secretary of the Navy on all significant acquisition fraud issues. As the AGC (AI) (Acting), she served as the DON’s Suspending and Debarring official. The General Counsel (Acting) selected Ms. Aldrich to serve, on special assignment, as the Counsel to the Naval Inspector, March - June 2017.
Prior to joining AIO, Ms. Aldrich supported the Marine Corps in Counsel for the Commandant’s Office (CL). From June 2012 to January 2015, Ms. Aldrich served as the Associate Counsel, Procurement & Fiscal Law, the senior procurement and fiscal attorney for the Marine Corps. She led those communities of practice, rendering legal advice on these matters to senior leadership at Headquarters Marine Corps, and providing oversight to CL’s seven field offices. From September 2013 thru September 2014, she also served as the Deputy Counsel CL (Acting), responsible for the daily operations of CL, a world-wide legal organization with over 100 attorneys and support staff, and actively engaged in many of the significant issues, legal and otherwise, facing the Marine Corps. Ms. Aldrich was Counsel to the Marine Corps Inspector General from May 2010 to June 2012.
Ms. Aldrich initially joined DON OGC in 2005 at CL’s Pacific Area Counsel Office in Okinawa. In April 2007, Ms. Aldrich returned to Washington, DC where she joined the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor and advised the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, and the Budget Office on fiscal law, ethics, FOIA, the Privacy Act, and legislation. Ms. Aldrich re-joined DON OGC in May 2010. Ms. Aldrich was in private practice in Washington, DC from 1991 until she moved to Okinawa in 2004.
Ms. Aldrich received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and graduated magna cum laude from Salve Regina University. She is member of the DC and Virginia bars. She received the DON Superior Civilian Service Award in 2015 and in 2018.