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Elizabeth B. Kolmstetter, PhD

Elizabeth B. Kolmstetter, a member of the federal government Senior Executive Service, is the Chief Human Capital Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  Elizabeth has over twenty years of public service in which she has pioneered numerous complex and innovative talent management programs across six agencies: USAID, CIA, FBI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and National Skill Standards Board/Department of Labor.  She was instrumental in establishing the joint duty leadership program across the intelligence community, was responsible for the selection system for airport security screeners at TSA in the aftermath of 9-11, the largest civilian hiring program in U.S. history, and implemented a state-of-the-art performance management and career development program at the CIA.  She also worked in the private sector with BellSouth Corp and in consulting with Westat, Inc.  Elizabeth received her B.A. in psychology and computer science from Hollins University and M.A. and Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from Virginia Tech.  She is a Fellow of SIOP, a recipient of SIOP’s M. Scott Myers Award for Best Applied Research, and in 2010, received the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal for her leadership in human capital transformation.


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