Rear Admiral Lisa Franchetti is a native of Rochester, New York. She was commissioned in 1985 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Northwestern University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism.
Franchetti commanded USS Ross (DDG 71), and had the opportunity to represent the United States at the 60th Anniversary of D-Day commemoration during a deployment to the Mediterranean and the Horn of Africa/Gulf of Oman. She was also the Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 21 embarked with the USS John C. Stennis, and served as the Commander of Pacific Partnership 2010, embarked on USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).
Her assignments ashore include commanding officer, Naval Reserve Center Central Point, Oregon; aide to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations; protocol officer for the Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; 4th Battalion officer at the U.S. Naval Academy; division chief, Joint Concept Development and Experimentation, on the Joint Staff, J7; and military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.