Sector Miami Commander
Captain Jo-Ann F. Burdian
Captain Burdian assumed the duties as the Sector Commander for Miami in May 2019.
Captain Burdian’s previous unit is Sector Puget Sound in Seattle, WA where she was the Chief of Response since July 2017. In this capacity, she was responsible for the oversight of eight Coast Guard cutters, five boat stations, and the execution of all Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and Pollution Response activities in the 3,500 Square Nautical Mile Sector Puget Sound Area of Responsibility, including the 125 nautical mile international maritime border with Canada.
Captain Burdian previously served as Coast Guard Liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she managed all Service engagements with Members of Congress, advised senior Coast Guard leaders on all matters related to the House of Representatives, and advocated for multi-billion dollar acquisition programs and advancing authorizing legislation.
Prior to this, Captain Burdian took advantage of the Coast Guard’s temporary separation program to care for her sons and drilled as a member of the Selected Reserve at Sector St. Petersburg, FL. Upon her return to Active Duty, Captain Burdian served as Command Center Chief at Sector Miami, Florida.
Captain Burdian’s additional assignments include as Senior Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room, Commanding Officer of USCGC KEY BISCAYNE in St. Petersburg, Florida, Executive Officer, USCGC ATTU in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Assistant Liaison to the U. S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC. She began her career as First Lieutenant, USCGC COURAGEOUS, in Panama City, Florida.
Captain Burdian grew up in Queens, New York and Sunrise, FL. She graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Government. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Florida State University. Captain Burdian is a Coast Guard Cutterman and her military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and Coast Guard Achievement Medal.
Captain Burdian is married to Captain Stephen Burdian of Briarcliff, New York. They have three handsome sons – Jack (11), Sean (11), and James (10).