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Elizabeth B. Kolmstetter

Elizabeth Kolmstetter is the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She has pioneered numerous 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. As USAID CHCO, she is responsible for all HR and talent development programs across the foreign and civil service in Washington and over 90 missions around the world. As an HR Executive at the ODNI and CIA, she implemented state-of-the-art performance management, leadership, and career development programs as part of the post 9-11 culture transformation of the Intelligence Community.

Directly after 9-11, Elizabeth joined TSA where she was responsible for the new selection system that resulted in the largest civilian workforce mobilization in US history – the hiring of over 55,000 security screeners at 430 airports in less than one year. She also served as the first Chief of Personnel Assessment and Research, and first-ever I-O Psychologist, at the FBI. Elizabeth is a Fellow of SIOP and member of the Senior Executive Service. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in I-O Psychology from Virginia Tech and her B.A. in Psychology and Computer Science from Hollins University.

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