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Chief Human Capital Officer: Pam Malam

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Pam serves as the Chief Human Capital Officer for Department of Education. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Assistant Director – Human Capital and Diversity and Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer for Interior and the Associate Director for Human Capital for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a bureau within Interior.  Her career shift to Human Capital occurred in 2005 following 25 years of scientific, technical, and managerial experience in mission programs with the USGS.  In her role at Interior, Pam provided leadership and executive oversight for Interior’s Human Capital programs including human resources, diversity, civil rights, employee and organizational development, employee engagement, and occupational health and safety. During her time at Interior, Pam championed several key initiatives including hiring reform, veterans’ employment, diversity and workplace inclusion, employee engagement, leadership development and succession planning, and internal communications.

Pam’s career experiences include 18 years in technical and professional roles at a mapping center, followed by several staff and management roles including Chief of Staff to the Director of USGS, Deputy Regional Director, and Eastern Regional Geographer. In addition to her experience at the USGS, Pam completed several long-term assignments with other domestic and international government organizations, including the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the British Ordnance Survey in Southampton, England. 

Pam is a 1992 graduate of the former Office of Personnel Management’s Women’s Executive Leadership Program and a 2001 graduate of the Department of the Interior’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.  She has received numerous awards during her career, including Meritorious and Superior Service Awards and a Secretarial Executive Leadership Award from the Department of the Interior for her contributions to the mission of the USGS. Under her leadership, the USGS received the 2007 Leading Edge Award from the International Public Management Association – Human Resources for the development and delivery of innovative and creative human capital programs to support mission accomplishment.

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