Lieutenant Commander Xochitl Castañeda serves as a Marine Safety Specialist on the Thirteenth U.S. Coast Guard District Staff in Seattle, WA.
A Native of Pearblossom, CA LCDR Xochitl served as a Quartermaster before earning her commission in 2002. She is a 1998 graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology, and holds a Master’s Degree in Transportation and Logistics Management with a concentration in Maritime Engineering from American Military University.
LCDR Castañeda’s field assignments include tours aboard the CGC MIDGETT and CGC CONNIFER, and ashore with Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach, Marine Safety Unit Portland OR, and Sector Houston-Galveston. Prior staff assignments include Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington D.C. in the Office of Vessel Activities serving as Assistant Team Leader for the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Response Plan Program.
Within the Marine Safety filed she has experience in Coast Guard Regulated Facilities, Port State Control, Merchant Mariner Credentialing, Pollution Response and Waterway Management. In her current assignment with District 13 she works in the Inspections and Investigation Branch to mitigate cyber security issues while heading foreign vessel and waterfront facility safety, security, and energy projects.