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Roberta Jeanquart

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Roberta “Bobbi” Jeanquart has served as the Chief Human Capital Officer, Office of Human Resources Management, Departmental Management, U.S. Department of Agriculture since November 2015.  In her present position, Bobbi provides vision and leadership to USDA-wide programs in employee and labor relations, recruitment, diversity, veterans and disability employment, work/life, hiring reform, human resources policy, workforce and succession planning, human resources accountability, human resources enterprise systems, executive resources, and Equal Opportunity accountability.  Under her leadership, a new enterprise-wide ONE USDA HR IT platform has been established providing an end to end system for recruiting, staffing and onboarding employees.  Bobbi is also responsible for leading the Secretary of Agriculture’s Cultural Transformation (CT) Initiative, which is designed to transform USDA to an inclusive, high-performing organization that mirrors the public it serves.  The Cultural Transformation Initiative drives change through the clear communication of values and measurable goals followed by robust accountability that cascades from the Secretary to his Sub Cabinet, and ultimately all the way down to first-line supervisors and employees.  In addition, Bobbi has served on President’s Management Council, People and Culture Workgroup. 

Bobbi started her career at USDA in 2009 as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary for Administration in Departmental Management and moved on to serve as Acting Director of USDA’s Office of the Executive Secretariat providing overall leadership for the management of correspondence and records for the Office of the Secretary, as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Congressional Relations and the Deputy Director of the Office of Human Resources Management, USDA. 

Before joining USDA, Bobbi was Executive Director of the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, a national non-profit organization that provides economic development and conservation assistance to communities in predominantly rural areas.  Her leadership expanded the reach of this program and provided resources and support to 375 member councils, 38 applicant areas, 7 regional associations, 38 state associations and 20,000 volunteers.  She also worked as Staff Director for U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur of Ohio—then the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.  During her 12-year career on the Hill, Bobbi handled funding and policy issues in the areas of agriculture, conservation, child nutrition, food safety and rural development issues.

Bobbi holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Marquette University and completed her graduate studies in comparative politics at the University of Toledo. 

Bobbi is also a founding member of Phoenix Bikes, a community-based program in Arlington, Virginia that empowers youth to become social entrepreneurs through direct participation in a financially and environmentally sustainable non-profit bike shop.