Vice Admiral DeRenzi is the 42nd judge advocate general (JAG) of the Navy. As the judge advocate general, DeRenzi is the principal military legal counsel to the secretary of the Navy and chief of naval operations, and serves as the Department of Defense representative for Ocean Policy Affairs (REPOPA). As the judge advocate general, she also leads the 2,300 attorneys, enlisted legalmen, and civilian employees of the worldwide Navy JAG Corps community.
Before her appointment to flag rank, DeRenzi began her career as a litigator. She was first a defense counsel and, later, as a trial counsel in Newport, Rhode Island, followed by assignments in appellate defense and civil litigation in Washington, D.C.
She also served as the senior staff judge advocate for Commander, U.S. Southern Command. Prior, she held experience as special assistant for Legal and Legislative Matters to the Secretary of the Navy, legislative counsel for Environmental Programs in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs and, executive assistant to the JAG. In command, she served as commanding officer, Naval Legal Service Office, North Central.
Vice Admiral DeRenzi is the highest-ranking female in the Judge Advocate General Corps.