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Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer: Maria Price Detherage

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U.S. Agency for International Development

Maria Price Detherage is the Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  She provides executive leadership for strategic human capital management and partners with key stakeholders to develop and implement innovative and transformational human resource policies, procedures, and programs that serve all staff, including Civil Service and Foreign Service.  Prior to joining USAID in April 2013, she was the Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Strategic Programs Directorate and the Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer.  In that capacity, she worked to enhance HHS programs internally and to expand on its presence and impact with other federal agencies, as well as the private sector and academia, by providing executive-level oversight for the Department’s Strategic Human Capital Management.

In August of 2005, she was appointed by the HHS Secretary to serve as the first Executive Director for the then newly created Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA).  OMHA provides an independent forum for the fair and efficient adjudication of Medicare appeals for beneficiaries and other parties. This mission is carried out by a cadre of over seventy (70) Administrative Law Judges with the support of a professional legal and administrative staff.  In this process, beneficiaries are able to get health care faster with more consistent coverage determinations – thus reducing time and waste in the Medicare program and, therefore, producing a dramatic improvement in the American health care delivery system. As the Executive Director for OMHA, Maria provided executive leadership in the areas of policy development and implementation of Medicare appeals procedures, human capital management, budget formulation and execution, personnel security, training and development, and information technology. After this 5 year hiatus, she returned to the Office of Human Resources in December of 2010. 

Prior to August 2005, as the Director of Labor and Employee Relations Programs for HHS, Maria provided corporate oversight for these programs and was intricately involved in the planning, strategy, and execution of most of the Department’s major initiatives affecting numerous HHS Agencies, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), and Indian Health Service (IHS).  In 2005, she also wrote the “HHS Rural Outreach Strategy” as part of her Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidacy Development Program rotation with the HHS Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and White House Liaison.  She has also served as a mentor to several in the subsequent HHS Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Programs, Emerging Leaders Program, and Department-wide Mentor Program.

Maria began her federal career in 1989 as a Graduate Fellow in HHS’s Center for Management Excellence where she served as an internal consultant to the Department’s policy arm on Equal Employment Opportunity and Labor Relations.  She holds a Masters of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Group Dynamics.  Maria taught “Effective Management Tools and Techniques for the year 2000 and beyond” at the USDA Graduate School.  She is a trained mediator, facilitator and certified arbitrator with the Better Business Bureau.  She is also a member of USAID’s Senior Executive Service (SES), the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association, the American Association of Arbitrators and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, where she serves as chair of the Global Poverty Committee.  She has been recognized in the “1999 Edition of “International Who’s Who of Professionals” and has served for many years on the Executive Board of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, Southern Maryland Tri-County Chapter, as Vice President and Leadership Chair.  

Maria also leads global volunteer trips, working side-by-side to build relationships with members of our indigenous partner communities worldwide¸ as part of the Global Citizens Network cadre.  Prior to joining USAID and in her personal (non-work) capacity, she had traveled to over 45 countries, learning and appreciating cultural diversity and commonalities.  Most recently, Maria was awarded the “2013 International Women’s Day Award” for her local and international work in global poverty.  In addition to being a federal public servant, she considers herself a global citizen, global volunteer, and a social entrepreneur.


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