Capt. Jim Carman, USN (Ret) is a Certified Association Executive and his career includes service as a Navy pilot for nearly 25 years, highlighted by command at the squadron and wing level of naval forces deployed throughout the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Rim, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf. 

His service in Washington, D.C. includes three years in the Executive Office of the President as Assistant National Security Advisor to the Vice President. Carman initially served Vice President Dan Quayle and was later reappointed by Vice President Al Gore. In this assignment, Carman participated in significant bilateral discussions and national security policy development with allies throughout the western hemisphere and Africa. 

After leaving active duty, Carman initially served as an airline transport pilot with American Airlines and then as a career and talent management consultant with Right Management, the talent management element of the Manpower Group.

Carman joined the Military Officers Association of America in 2012 and now serves as Vice President for Council/Chapter and Member Support.  Under his leadership, MOAA earned the 2012 and 2015 Summit Award from the American Society of Association Executives.    

Carman also earned graduate degrees in national security studies and business management, and completed the Senior Executive Training Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

Career Highlights

  • Commanded two Navy operational units, Patrol Squadron Ten and Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Ten, while serving as a Navy pilot

  • Selected to serve two Vice Presidents as a member of the White House Staff

  • Currently leads the Member Support Group at MOAA, the strongest team with whom he has ever served