About Us


Our vision is to model the way for leadership and professional development for the Coast Guard’s workforce. Our staff, facilities and programs will exemplify excellence and immerse students in a sea of professionalism. The learning environment will promote Coast Guard culture and Core Values essential for life-long learning, leadership, and service.


The Leadership Development Center improves mission performance and enhances the Coast Guard’s investment in its workforce by:
  • Delivering exceptional educational, training, and developmental experiences to leaders,
  • Supporting Coast Guard units through leadership and professional development improvement efforts, and
  • Identifying future organizational needs through ongoing research and assessment.


The Coast Guard clearly defines leadership as “you influencing or inspiring others towards a goal.” We do this through Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty while Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Performance and Change and Leading the Coast Guard.

Strategic Goals

  • We will ALIGN the leadership development continua and provide leadership development progression opportunities for the workforce.
  • We will BUILD innovative delivery methods and development resources through focused research.
  • We will create an engaged leadership COMMUNITY by communicating through a strong presence.
  • We will invest in DEVELOPMENT to broaden the Coast Guard's perspective on how leadership and professional development happen.

Command Philosophy

LDC Tour
Commanding Officer's Biography
CAPT Andrea MarcilleAndrea Marcille
Captain, USCG
Commanding Officer, Leadership Development Center

Captain Andrea Marcille is a 1989 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the United States Coast Guard Leadership Development Center.

Captain Marcille has split her time in the Coast Guard between afloat assignments and within the Coast Guard Training System. Her afloat assignments include Executive Officer aboard USCG Barque Eagle from 2003 to 2005; Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC Decisive (WMEC 629) in St. Petersburg, Florida; Operations Officer aboard USCGC Chase (WHEC 718) in Long Beach, California; and Commanding Officer of USCGC Pea Island (WPB 1347) in Jacksonville, Florida.

Captain Marcille’s shore assignments include Maritime Law Enforcement School Instructor at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, Virginia; Chief, Performance Technology Branch at Coast Guard Recruit Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, and as the Cadet Training Officer at the Coast Guard Academy from 2005 until 2010.

Captain Marcille holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Executive Officer's Biography
CDR Nakeisha HillsNakeisha Hills
Commander, USCG
Executive Officer, Leadership Development Center

Commander Nakeisha Hills enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1991. She is a 1995 graduate of Officer Candidate School and currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Leadership Development Center.

Commander Hills has served as Executive Assistant to the Director of Prevention Policy at CG Headquarters; Chief of Contingency Preparedness and Force Readiness at Sector Delaware Bay, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Marine Inspector and Casualty Investigator at Activities New York; and Port State Control Section Chief at Sector New York.

Commander Hills has also been assigned as the Equal Opportunity Advisor at the USCG Academy where she taught Civil Rights Policy and Leadership. Prior to this assignment she served as the Assistant Operations Officer overseeing Heavy Weather/Counter Narcotic Planning; as the Communications Center Chief; and as a SAR Controller at CG Group New Orleans.

Commander Hills holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and a Master of Science degree in Emergency Planning and Public Safety.

Command Master Chief's Biography
Kevin Leask
Master Chief, USCG
Command Master Chief, Leadership Development Center

Master Chief Kevin Leask is a 1998 graduate of the Chief Petty Officer Academy and a 2007 graduate of the Senior Enlisted Command Master Chief Course. He currently serves as the Command Master Chief of the Leadership Development Center as well as the School Chief of the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course.

Master Chief Leask has served in several Officer-in-Charge assignments. More recently, from 2007 to 2011, he served as the Boatswain’s Mate Rating Force Master Chief at Coast Guard Headquarters.

Master Chief Leask holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, Maryland, and a Master of Arts degree in Military History from American Military University in Charles Town, West Virginia.

Master Chief Leask’s personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, and four Coast Guard Achievement Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device. He has also earned the permanent cutterman’s insignia, the coxswain insignia, boat forces insignia, and the command afloat and ashore insignias.