In February, www.allaboutshipping.co.uk published a “Top 100 Women in Shipping” in recognition of International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Day 2019 theme, “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.” Among the respected, influential, and deserving women named on the Top 100 list was U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Eustacia “Staci” Weist from the Commercial Regulations and Standards Directorate at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Weist is widely known throughout the maritime community for her extensive work with IMO. In addition to being a U.S. delegate to the General Assembly and the Council – the two highest bodies at IMO – Weist also oversees U.S. delegation preparation for the Assembly, Council, and the Maritime Safety, Marine Environmental Protection, and the Technical Cooperation committees. In this capacity, she leads preparation of the United States’ position on all issues, ensuring thorough interagency engagement, and holding of public meetings. Weist also routinely works with the U.S. Department of State and the White House on accreditation of all U.S. delegates to IMO.
“Lt. Cmdr. Weist is an irreplaceable asset to both the IMO and the Coast Guard,” said Weist’s supervisor Jeff Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards. “As someone who works with her every day, I was extremely proud, but not surprised, to learn that she earned a place as one of the Top 100 Women in Shipping. Her work will have an enduring and positive impact on the international maritime community, and she is deserving to be included among the other exceptional and influential women on this list.”
Weist was one of more than 1,100 women considered for a place on the Top 100 list. allaboutshipping.co.uk International Editor John N. Faraclas and Anny J. Zade of Business Development and Advertising, and WISTA UK member, said it was Weist’s professionalism, dedication, eloquence, and discipline that earned her a place on the list.
“allaboutshipping does not directly support managers in business or in the military, but, rather, leaders; she does have leadership charisma,” said Faraclas. “[She is] a person to be admired.”
Weist graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 2004 with a bachelors degree in civil engineering and from Florida Institute of Technology in 2013 with a master’s degrees in ocean engineering. She previously served as a Coast Guard marine inspector in San Juan, Puerto Rico and New Orleans. Weist is married and has three children.
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