Rear Admiral Bolivar is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography. She holds a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University.
Bolivar reported to her first tour as the Fleet and Message Center officer/CMS custodian of the U.S. Naval Communications Station, San Miguel, Philippines. She then served on the Secretary of the Navy's (The Honorable James H. Webb, Jr.) staff as a writer/researcher for the SECNAV's White House Liaison Office.
Bolivar served in various leadership positions, including as the commanding officer of USS Salvor (ARS 52), commanding officer of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) ONE, and officer-in-charge of Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) Program while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom's Counter-I ED Task Force, Task Force Paladin.
Bolivar also has extensive leadership experience ashore. More recently, she assumed command of Joint Region Marianas in August 2014. Her other hats include: U.S. PACOM / Defense Representative Guam-CNMI-FSM-ROP; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas; and Commander, Task Force West.