Anita Blair – Retired Partner

Former Shareholder and Member of the Firm

Anita Blair was born in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., with high honors, 1971) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1981).

Ms. Blair is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, as well as the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Blair is a member of the Virginia State Bar (Board of Governors, Section on Antitrust, Franchising and Trade Regulation Law, 1991-2001; Chairman, 1998-1999) and the Federalist Society. She served as Executive Editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law for the 1980-81 academic year.

Anita Blair was a founder of the Independent Women’s Forum. She served as its President and, both before and after her term as President, as its Executive Vice President and General Counsel. She was a member of the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institute from 1995 until 2001. She was the Chairman of the Congressional Commission on Military Training and Gender-Related Issues, 1998-1999.

Anita retired from Welty &  Blair, P.C. in mid-2001 to assume public office as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy. She was nominated in 2007 by President Bush to serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower & Reserve Affairs), and served in that position as the acting Assistant Secretary for the remainder of the Bush administration. From 2009 through early 2011, she was Chief Strategist of the National Security Personnel Development Integration Office, and from 2011 through mid-2017, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Chief Human Capital Officer of the Department of the Treasury.

Anita currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy.

In 2001, after Anita’s withdrawal, the firm name changed to C. Douglas Welty, P.C.