Anthony Wallis hails from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, a small suburb north of Milwaukee. From 2001 to 2005, he attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, United States History and a minor in Spanish Studies. In the summer of 2010, Anthony received his Master’s degree from U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. In December 2010, and starting in January 2011, Anthony accepted a position as Air National Guard Legislative Assistant at the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS), where he served for over a year learning about military personnel and Veteran benefits as well as the equipment challenges of the Air National Guard (ANG). He learned a great deal of various ANG needs such as Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) for aging F-16’s as well as A-10’s. While on staff, he was part of the effective lobbying team/effort to put the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) as a full member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). In February of 2012, Anthony left NGAUS to fulfill his wish to help the Navy by accepting the positon as Director of Legislation for the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN). While at AUSN, Anthony successfully increased funds in the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA) for the Navy Reserve, helped save the procurement plan of two Virginia Class (SSN) submarines in the Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) Appropriations bill, went on local TV circuits to help spread the message of the impact sequestration, and the Government shutdown, was and will have upon the Navy and Navy family community, as well as write and provide testimony before the various Armed Services, Appropriations and Veterans’ Affairs Committees of the House and Senate, advocating for the needs of our Navy, Navy Reserve, Sailors and Veterans during tough fiscal times.
In August of 2014, after over two years at AUSN, Anthony took the next step in his career and accepted a position as a National Security and Risk Consultant at American Bureau of Shipping Group (ABSG) Consulting. Expanding his knowledge of the maritime industry, Anthony has learned about Integrity, National Security, Safety and Risk Management through assessments for clients ranging from the military community, oil/gas and energy industry, shipping as well as other Federal agencies that stand to have proper security, safety and risk mechanisms in place. Most recently at ABSG, Mr. Wallis has been assigned tasking within the Department of Homeland (DHS), Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, leading a team of 6 as Project Manager on a Mission Support Branch Contract. As part of furthering his education for his new position, Anthony is currently working on his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. He continues to assist the Navy through not only his everyday work functions, but in a volunteer role as the local DC Chapter President of AUSN.