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Adam J. Curtis


Operations & Business Transformation

Adam Curtis is an Advisor in Northwest Harbor’s Transformation & Leadership Practices. He brings over three decades of enterprise leadership experience to the Northwest Harbor Team with deep expertise in leading large-scale organizations and transformation efforts.


Originally from Baltimore, MD, Adam’s 26-year career as a Navy SEAL officer included serving as Executive Director for all SEAL basic and advanced training, and command of SEAL Team THREE during combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. He led hundreds of SEAL operators during hundreds of combat operations across a complex, geographically dispersed global operating area. He designed and led the largest, most complex mission in SEAL Team history, and successfully navigated SEAL Team THREE throughout the largest transformation in the history of the 10,000-person Naval Special Warfare enterprise. Prior to his retirement from the Navy, Adam created and led the innovative Naval Special Warfare Recruiting Directorate, transforming how the enterprise better recruited, assessed, selected and prepared candidates for the toughest military training in the world. His efforts were vital to increasing both the quality and performance of new candidates: reducing previously unmovable attrition-rates in training and successfully meeting a presidential directive to grow the SEAL enterprise.


After retiring from the Navy, Adam served as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting several key transformation efforts in Special Operations, until returning to the Navy in a senior civilian capacity. He currently serves as an Executive Director at the Naval Special Warfare Center, supporting training and development requirements across the SEAL Enterprise.


Adam is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and holds a Master's Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. He lives in San Diego with his family where he is very active in the local community.

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