Kathy J. Metcalf graduated with highest honors from the US Merchant Marine Academy in June 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree conferred in Marine Transportation and Nautical Sciences. Upon graduation in 1978, in the first co-educational Academy class, she sailed for five years as a deck officer on crude oil and product tankers with Gulf Oil Corporation and Sun Company. During this period, Ms. Metcalf also participated in a shipboard/shoreside management development program with both companies, leading to her assignment ashore with Sun Company as the Fleet Safety and Health Coordinator in 1983.
From 1983 to 1990, Ms. Metcalf served in various shoreside positions for Sun Company’s Marine Operations Department and during this period, Ms. Metcalf attended the evening division of the Delaware Law School of Widener University leading to the conferring of a Juris Doctorate degree with high honors in 1988.
From 1990 to 1997, Ms. Metcalf served in various positions in Sun Company’s corporate divisions including the Corporate Health, Environmental and Safety Department, first as a managing consultant for regulatory policy analysis and later as a senior consultant for corporate oversight and assessment. She was elevated to the position of Manager, State Government Affairs for Sun’s Midwest operations area, including the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas. In this capacity, she was responsible for the design and implementation of a proactive government relations strategy including interface with state legislatures and regulatory agencies, communications with diverse business lines including refining and marketing, terminals and pipelines and interaction with Sun’s federal government affairs professionals.
In 1997, Ms. Metcalf resigned from Sun Company to become the Director of Maritime Affairs for the Chamber of Shipping of America, a maritime trade association representing US based commercial shipping interests in international, federal and state forums. Her responsibilities in this position included monitoring and development of positions with regards to legislative and regulatory initiatives and advocacy on issues of impact for the members of the Chamber of Shipping, before various organizations including the International Maritime Organization, the US Congress, and federal and state regulatory agencies. In this capacity, she has testified before Congressional committees, federal and state regulatory agencies and has attended numerous sessions of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee and the Maritime Safety Committee.
In June 2015, Ms. Metcalf was appointed President and CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America.
Ms. Metcalf also serves as Chairperson of the International Chamber of Shipping’s (ICS) Environmental Subcommittee, serves on the ICS Maritime Law Committee, Shipping Policy Committee and Marine Committees and as CSA’s alternate to the ICS Board of Directors. She is also a member of the American Bureau of Shipping, SNAME, the Environmental Law Institute and various ad hoc government/industry work groups and task forces addressing a variety of issues impacting the maritime industry and the marine environment. In 2018, Kathy received the International Personality of the Year Award from the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA).