Douglas Elznic serves as the Deputy Director of the office that provides administrative support services to approximately 3,500 employees housed in a 1.8 million square foot,historic National Landmark building. His primary duties involve the implementation and daily operation of a host of programs, including building alteration, repair, and renovation; energy and environmental management; facility management; personal and real property management; printing and publishing; transportation; and travel.
Prior to this role, Mr. Elznic served for five years as the Associate Director of the Office of Space and Building Management — a key component of the larger organization that he now has a major role in overseeing.
Mr. Elznic began his civilian career in 2000 as the Chief of Plant at the National Institute of Standards and Technology where he was responsible for all public works and contracted construction projects.
In his early years, he pursued the goal of service as a Naval Officer and he began his higher education at The Citadel with a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship. He graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and was commissioned as Ensign in the U.S. Navy. In 1979, he earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and is a graduate as well of both the Executive Management Program at Duke University and the Federal Executive Institute. In addition, Mr. Elznic was a Senior Executive Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.
His naval career was a long and distinguished one, worthy of awards for both engineering and supervisory attainments. Mr. Elznic received the Society of American Military Engineers Peltier Award in 1992 for commanding the most outstanding U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion and the 1991 U.S. Navy EEO Supervisor of the Year award, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
His supervisory engineering assignments, with a heavy emphasis on construction management, took him to the Naval Facility Engineering Commands in Washington, D.C. and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; to the Naval Construction Brigade in Norfolk, Virginia; to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion in Gulfport, Mississippi; and to the Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia, among other duty stations. Mr. Elznic retired as a Captain in the Civil Engineer Corps in 2000.
Mr. Elznic has been a licensed professional engineer in the state of Virginia since 1983, and is a member of the International Facility Management Association and its Public Sector Council. He currently lives in Virginia with his wife Stephanie and two sons, Christopher and Kevin.
Major Awards and Honors
Department of Defense, Legion of Merit (3)
Department of Defense, Meritorious Service Medal (3)
2002 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management