Ely S. Ross is a third-generation veteran who understands the value of a career in public service. After graduation, Ely enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and attended basic training at Marine Recruit Training Depot, San Diego. After basic training, Ely attended a number of schools and was designated as an Aviation Crew Chief on the CH-53D Sea Stallion. He was permanently stationed with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 (HMH-362) the “Ugly Angels” located on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. During his time at HMH-362, Ely held management positions in flight operations, maintenance and quality assurance. During his time on active duty Ely accumulated over 1,300 flight hours. His forward deployments with HMH-362 include Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After nine years of service, Ely was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps and moved back to the mainland to attend Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law with the goal of continuing his public service career. At graduation, Ely was one of a select number of graduates to be inducted into the Order of the Barristers. After graduation Ely was awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship, and he served in advisory positions with both the General Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Ely accepted a permanent attorney position with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board where he focused on transportation law, economic regulation, and alternative dispute resolution.
Ely was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as the Direct of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs on September 19, 2016. Ely believes in a community based approach to ensuring that veterans have access to the resources and services they need.