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Jun 2011Mar 2012

Special Project Development

COMDT, Office of Response Policy
Jun 2009Jul 2011

Deputy Commander/Commander

Deployable Operations Group
Aug 2007Jun 2009

Sector Commander Boston

US Coast Guard




University of California, Los Angeles


College of the Holy Cross


Emergency Management

Gail Kulisch | Blog


Gail Kulisch has nearly three decades of experience in security, disaster response management, and military leadership. Captain Kulisch is an expert in disaster recovery, risk assessment, and maritime safety and security operations and has been recognized for her service and achievements with over 35 military awards, including two Legion of Merits and three Meritorious Service Medals. She is currently the owner and managing principal of BTG Ventures LLC, a firm that specializes in environmental disaster response and promotes environmental stewardship. Gail Kulisch graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, and received a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. A Designated Permanent Cutterman, Captain Kulisch’s career with the US Coast Guard began in 1984, where she served several tours aboard US Coast Guard Cutter vessels. In 1989, she was a member of the Command and General Staff of the Exxon Valdez response team. In 1990, Captain Kulisch undertook the position of Marine Environmental Response Officer at the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Los Angeles-Long Beach. During her tenure, she coordinated the disaster response efforts for more than 400 incidents involving oil pollution and hazardous materials. In 1998, Gail Kulisch joined the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Philadelphia as the Assistant Chief of Port Operations. During this time, she continued to demonstrate exemplary leadership in disaster response, and developed contingency plans for hazardous material response, pollution prevention, and the potential Y2K problem. Captain Kulisch’s next assignment was as Commanding Officer for the US Coast Guard’s National Strike Force Atlantic Strike Team. In her capacity as Commanding Officer, she coordinated 400 personnel across 50 organizations during the Capitol Hill Anthrax Response Operation. Following the attacks on 9/11, Gail Kulisch led more than 100 personnel in National Strike Force operations at Ground Zero in New York City.

The National Academy of Sciences, Celebrating 150 Years

With 28 years of service in the United States Coast Guard, Captain Gail Kulisch is currently owner and managing principal of BTG Ventures, LLC. Gail Kulish also recently participated on a National Academy of Sciences Panel as part of a workshop where she delivered a presentation on nontraditional approaches to United States Air Force strategic deterrence capabilities. The National Academy of Sciences is a society responsible for providing advice on matters of science and technology. Academy members are elected to membership by their peers based on outstanding contributions to scientific research. The academy also plays a unique role in providing advice on health, education, and basic human welfare to Congress and the White House. In August 2013, the National Academy of Sciences held a symposium to celebrate 150 years of service to the nation and excellence in science. The event was organized by historian Daniel Kevles, who provided information on the founding of the academy and its role in the U.S. government; Peter Westwick, who spoke about the ability of the academy to serve national interests and still remain independent; and Ruth Schwartz Cowan, who spoke about the meaning of the sciences throughout the history of the academy.


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