Cynthia Ferentinos, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board
Cynthia Ferentinos is a Senior Research Psychologist with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Office of Policy and Evaluation. Dr. Ferentinos has published reports on a variety of subjects, including managing employees in accord with the merit system principles, pay for performance compensation systems, and employee perceptions of fair treatment, particularly related to discrimination and favoritism. Her current research focuses on sexual harassment, to evaluate progress since the early 1980’s (when MSPB first examined the prevalence of sexual harassment in Federal workplaces) and to make recommendations to prevent and address sexual harassment in the future. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). She earned her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from George Mason University and her BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University.
Rhonda Davis, National Science Foundation
Rhonda Davis is the Head of the National Science Foundation’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She has over 25 years of experience as a change agent in the Federal government. She joined NSF in 2010 from the Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights where she served in several leadership positions. Her experience in establishing and managing nondiscrimination and diversity programs has enabled her to make significant contributions to NSF’s very important goal to excel as a federal science agency with a diverse, engaged and high-performing workforce. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She has completed numerous executive education programs to include Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program, American University’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, Harvard University’s Strategies of Persuasion and Essentials of Decision Making, Duke University’s Innovative Leadership, and the Center for Creative Leadership’s Looking Glass Experience.