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Chief Human Capital Officer: Elizabeth Kolmstetter

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U.S. Agency for International Development

Elizabeth B. Kolmstetter is the Chief Human Capital Officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In this role she has broad responsibility for strategic human capital management and is responsible for developing and implementing innovative and transformational human resource policies, procedures, and programs that serve all staff including foreign service and civil service. Prior to joining USAID in March 2013, Dr. Kolmstetter was Deputy Director for Corporate Human Resources Programs at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  She was on a Joint Duty assignment to the CIA from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) where she served as the Deputy Associate Director of National Intelligence for Human Capital from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Kolmstetter is an Industrial and Organizational (IO) Psychologist and member of the Senior Executive Service. In May 2010, the Director of National Intelligence awarded the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal to Dr. Kolmstetter in recognition of her leadership, contributions, and service.

Prior to joining the ODNI, Dr. Kolmstetter served as the Director for Human Capital Development at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the Department of Homeland Security. She was one of the very first federal employees tapped in January 2002 to be part of the creation of TSA in the aftermath of 9-11. She was directly responsible for establishing and managing the new standards and hiring system that resulted in the largest civilian workforce mobilization in US history – the hiring of over 55,000 security screeners at 430 airports across the nation in less than one year. She has been recognized with Innovation and Leadership awards for her work at TSA and she was awarded the M. Scott Myers Award for Best Applied Research in 2006 from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Innovations in Assessment Award from the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA). 

She joined TSA from the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB/DOL) where she was the Senior Director for Standards, Assessment, and Certification (2000-2002). Dr. Kolmstetter served as the technical leader for developing a voluntary national system of industry-led skill standards, assessments, and certifications for industries including: manufacturing, sales and service, information technology and telecommunications, and education and training. Prior to joining the NSSB, she served as the first Chief of Personnel Assessment and Research, and first-ever IO Psychologist, at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) (1993-2000). 

Prior to her federal career, Dr. Kolmstetter worked for BellSouth in Atlanta, GA and Westat in Rockville, MD. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in IO Psychology from Virginia Tech and her B.A. in Psychology and Computer Science from Hollins University. In 2007, Dr. Kolmstetter was named a Fellow of the Society for IO Psychology (SIOP) and she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi. Her volunteer work has included: Board of Directors for Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies (WAEPA-Federal Insurance programs); Editorial Board for the SIOP Professional Practice Publication Series; President of the Board for the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington, DC; Past President of the Board of Trustees for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) – Greater Washington DC Chapter; Hollins University Alumnae reporter and recruiter.  In May 2012, she received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Hollins University and served as the Commencement Speaker for their 172nd graduation; in June 2010, she received the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Hollins. She and husband, Michael, are the proud parents of twins, Miles and Nicole.

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