The Honorable Dan G. Blair, President and CEO, The National Academy of Public Administration
Dan G. Blair was named President and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration in July 2011. The Academy is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization, chartered by Congress to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. Mr. Blair was elected as an Academy Fellow in 2008. In November 2009, Mr. Blair was chosen to present, as part of an Academy team, to senior members of the Iraqi government at a conference in Baghdad to discuss the fundamentals of an effective civil service. He also served on the Academy Panel charged with assessing the design, implementation, and Impact of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System. Mr. Blair brings to the Academy more than 26 years of federal public service and is a recognized expert and prominent leader in public service management, having served in top leadership positions in the Executive and Legislative branches as well as the regulatory sector. He has received successive Presidential appointments to the Office of Personnel Management and the Postal Regulatory Commission and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. Most recently, Mr. Blair served as the first Chairman of the independent Postal Regulatory Commission, the successor agency to the Postal Rate Commission, from December 2006 through August 2009, and as Commissioner from August 2009 until June 2011. Mr. Blair also served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) from 2002 through 2006. In addition to serving as Deputy Director, Mr. Blair was Acting Director of OPM for five months. Prior to joining OPM, Mr. Blair served on Capitol Hill, working for nearly 17 years on the staffs of both House and Senate committees charged with postal and civil service oversight. From 1998 through 2001, Mr. Blair served as Senior Counsel to Senator Fred Thompson on the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. Mr. Blair was responsible for review of legislation and policy affecting the federal civil service, the USPS, federal budget process, government ethics, and federal lobbying reform. Before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, Mr. Blair served as Staff Director for Representative John McHugh on the House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Postal Service. Mr. Blair was responsible for directing the Subcommittee's oversight of the USPS and directed the development of comprehensive postal reform legislation. Mr. Blair also served as Minority General Counsel for the House of Representatives Committee on Post Office and Civil Service from 1985 to 1994. Mr. Blair was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri. He received a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Juris Doctor from the School of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He and his wife, Michele, reside in Washington, D.C.
Patricia Bradshaw, Senior Human Resources Consultant, SAIC
Patricia S. Bradshaw currently serves as a Senior Human Resources Consultant with SAIC working with internal and external clients on a full range of issues from strategic planning to developing Human Capital policies, and creating innovative solutions and programs to meet operational challenges. Prior to joining SAIC, Ms. Bradshaw worked for Scitor, Corporation performing a similar role.
From January 2006 to April 2009 Ms. Bradshaw served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy. In this role, she was responsible for personnel matters affecting over 650,000 civilian employees and several thousand non-US citizens who work for the DoD in countries around the world. A critical responsibility of this role was the development and advocacy for new legislation, policy, programs and processes to advance the changing nature and role of the DoD civilian employee. At a time of significant concern for spouses of deployed service members and wounded service members, she was an advocate for improved services and outreach to these groups. She was a key sponsor and advocate for the Hiring Heroes Job Fairs across the country. She worked to obtain legislative relief for spouses seeking internships, stipends for specialty accreditation and jobs within the government.
She provided leadership and oversight to the development and implementation of the first DoD –corporate wide approach to managing the complete lifecycle of the 1590 Senior Executive employees of the DoD to include recruitment, development, utilization, pay for performance and general pay frameworks and policies. She personally advocated and developed new policies and procedures to establish a more expeditionary and agile civilian workforce that has been and will continue to be called upon in the future to support the military in stability and contingency operations.
She served as the US negotiator with foreign countries on the Labor provisions in new Status of Forces Agreements where the US will have a military presence, and was responsible for development of new initiatives with accompanying legislative changes, policies and programs to address special recruitment, retention, pay, performance management, quality of work life problems in mission critical occupations to include engineers, medical, IT and acquisition personnel, as well as across the general population of the workforce.
Prior to this appointment, she served as the President of a small consulting firm and also served on the Board of Advisors for several private sector companies, providing strategic and tactical human resources consulting. She also served as the Deputy Chief of Human Resources for American Management Systems, Inc. (AMS), a large IT consulting firm in Fairfax, Virginia.
Ms. Bradshaw spent 27 years with DoD and Department of Navy (DoN) in a variety of senior level positions. Prior to her departure from the DoN in 1999, she was the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources for the Naval Sea Systems Command, which had the largest civilian population within DoN. In this position, she played a significant role as a major advocate in the design and implementation of personnel demonstration programs within the Department of Defense Laboratories.
Ms. Bradshaw began her Federal service as a Civilian Personnel Intern at the National Naval Medical Bethesda, MD. From there she moved into progressively more responsible positions within the Navy gaining experience in all areas of human resources to include staffing, classification, compensation, training and EEO. As the Director of Classification for the Navy, she was responsible for developing and implementing the Navy's Managing to Payroll program, which gave job classification authority to line managers.
In 1990, she moved to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy where she served as the Director for Staffing, Career Development and Executive Resources. In this position, she was responsible for the DoD management of the Senior Executive Service and Senior Level System Programs, the Civilian Intelligence Personnel Management System, staffing policy, including civilian drawdown and transition initiatives, acquisition workforce issues, training and career development policy.
Ms. Bradshaw's awards include two Navy Superior Civilian Service Awards, the Classification and Compensation Society President's Award, the Defense Civilian Service Award and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Civilian Service Award.
Her degrees include a Masters of International Management and a Bachelor of Arts (Secondary Education-German) both from the University of Maryland.
Denise Carter, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Management, Department of Education
Denise L. Carter joined the US Department of Education leadership team as the new Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Management on May 6, 2013.
Denise is responsible for providing strategic leadership for a broad operational portfolio including Human Resources; Diversity Management and Equal Employment Opportunity; Real Property Management; Security Services; Privacy, Information and Records Management Services; Transportation and Fleet Management; and Education Appeals Adjudication.
Prior to joining the Department, Denise served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and the Chief Human Capital Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services providing leadership and departmental guidance to 1200 HR professionals managing the full range of human capital services for 90,000 health care, scientific, public health, and administrative management professionals. Before being appointment to the CHCO position, Denise served on the leadership team responsible for the successful transition of the Medicare Appeals function from the Social Security Administration back to HHS. In 2010 Denise was awarded the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in recognition of her HHS achievements.
Ventris Gibson, Director of the District of Columbia's Department of Human Resources, Washington D.C. Government
On August 3, 2015, the Honorable Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Ventris C. Gibson, as the Director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Human Resources.
Prior to her service with the District of Columbia Government, Ms. Gibson, a United States Navy veteran, served as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she was responsible for the development, articulation, and delivery of Department-wide human resources policies, plans, and programs.
Ms. Gibson also served in the Federal Aviation Administration as the Assistant Administrator for Human Resources and in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resource Management and its first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resolution Management. She was VA's highest-ranking woman veteran and directed human resources management and civil rights programs affecting 230,000 employees.
With a career that spans more than 37 years in both human resources executive and professional positions, Ms. Gibson is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations. She has received the Exceptional and Meritorious Service Awards, FAA Manager Association’s Leadership Award, National Hispanic Coalition’s President’s Award, and the Northern New Jersey Metropolitan Area's prestigious "Woman of the Year" award.
A graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Executive Technique, and Aspen Institute, Ms. Gibson attended the University of Maryland, University College.
Mike Howell, Senior Director, Institute for Innovation and Special Projects
Michael Howell joined ACT-IAC in September 2015 as Senior Director for the Institute for Innovation and Special Projects. He is responsible for oversight, coordination, and management of the Institute’s portfolio of projects and the annual Igniting Innovation Showcase and Awards event.
Prior to joining ACT-IAC, Mike was Deputy Program Manager at the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment with government-wide responsibility for planning, overseeing, and managing terrorism-related information sharing. Previously, he was the Deputy Administrator for E-Government and IT at OMB where he was responsible for overseeing IT policy, management, and budget for the Federal government. He supported the 2008 Presidential transition and implementation of management reforms and new initiatives to improve IT management, open the government by enhancing transparency and citizen engagement, and improve cybersecurity. Mike was the CIO for the Department of the Interior, the CIO for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the acting CIO and deputy CIO for the Bureau of Land Management. He completed the Chief Information Officer certification program at the National Defense University IRM College and holds the Certified Information System Security Professional certificate.
Jeffrey Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF
Jeffrey Neal is Senior Vice President for ICF International. Prior to ICF, Jeff was the Department of Homeland Security Chief Human Capital Officer, where he was responsible for human capital programs for 190,000 employees. He established Department-wide programs for Leader Development and making workforce sourcing decisions, and led the implementation of collective bargaining at TSA.
Jeff served as Director of Human Resources for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) from 2000 - 2009. At DLA, he dramatically improved HR services and strategy while reducing costs by more than $50 million. That and DLA’s enterprise leader development program were cited by the Partnership as models for other federal agencies. DLA HR’s Agency-wide culture assessment and change program significantly improved employee engagement.
Jeff is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration, a Partnership for Public Service Strategic Advisor to Government Executives (SAGE), and blogs at ChiefHRO.com, where he writes about federal management and human capital issues.
Sydney Rose, Chief Human Capitol Officer, Department of Labor
Sydney T. Rose has over thirty-six years of Federal service, all of which have been spent in human-resources related occupations. She has served as the Chief Human Capital Officer and Director of the Human Resources Center of the U.S. Department of Labor since February 2012. Ms. Rose is responsible for all the Department’s human capital policies and programs including recruiting and staffing, work-life and benefits, executive resources, training and development, employee and labor-management relations, human resources information systems, and diversity and inclusion. Since the summer of 2013, she has been a key advisor to Departmental leadership on employee engagement efforts involving a diverse workforce of over 17,000 employees.
Ms. Rose works closely with Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to improve workforce engagement through conducting employee listening sessions and town hall discussions; expanding workplace flexibilities and developmental opportunities for all DOL employees; and collaborating on various workplace issues with managers and union officials. These efforts did not go unnoticed by the U.S. Department of Labor workforce, who responded to the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) at much higher rates. The results indicated significantly higher levels of workforce engagement and global satisfaction. The Partnership for Public Service recognized the Department of Labor as the most improved Department and Large Agency for both 2014 and 2015.
Ms. Rose joined the U.S. Department of Labor headquarters in January 2011 as the Deputy Human Resources Director and Chief Labor Negotiator. She previously served eight years as the Human Resources Director for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. From 1996 to 2003, she was the HR Director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. With over twenty years experience as a senior HR official and the highest ranking HR official at two cabinet-level agencies -- the Departments of Labor and Commerce -- Ms. Rose managed all human resources policy, programs and operations.
She began her Federal career in 1980 as an Investigator with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and was recognized in 1987 as the agency’s Investigator of the Year. While at OPM, Ms. Rose conducted and managed security clearance and EEO investigations, and investigations of Trust Fund fraud and Merit Systems violations. She also served as liaison to the White House, U.S. Congress, U.S. Supreme Court and the Central Intelligence Agency. Ms. Rose’s employee relations work included the successful prosecution of the first Internet stalking case in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Ms. Rose has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mary Washington College. She lives in Virginia and has a grown daughter who lives and works in Boston for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Sydney is known for her love of horses and is a horse racing aficionado. She experienced the thrill of a lifetime attending the Belmont Stakes in June 2015 to see American Pharoah win the first Triple Crown in 37 years.
Debra Tomchek, Vice President, ICF
Debra Tomchek is currently a Vice President for ICF, supporting Organizational Research, Learning and Performance. Ms. Tomchek, a federal career senior executive for more than fifteen years, held leadership positions as Executive Director of the Balanced Workforce Program, Department of Homeland Security, Director for Human Resources for both the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Justice, as Deputy Director for Program Support (Civilian Personnel Management Service) in the Department of Defense, and as Director, Office of Organizational Improvement (Departmental Offices) and Associate Director for Workforce Solutions (U.S. Mint) in the U.S. Treasury Department. For more than eighteen years, Ms. Tomchek was an HR specialist at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and began her career as a civilian Army intern.