Zina Sutch is deputy associate director of the Office of Personnel Management, the federal agency that manages the government's 2.1 million civilian employees. Dr. Sutch leads OPM's government-wide functions and responsibilities related to diversity and inclusion, recruitment, policy and outreach, and veterans services. She previously held the position of director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at OPM as well as senior positions at the USDA. She earned her doctorate from the University of Maryland. Patrick Malone is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University and a frequent lecturer at Yale School of Management and the Fulbright Scholars Program. A retired navy captain, he has served in a number of leadership and policy roles including professor of biometrics and preventive medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and academic director and dean of academics for Navy Medicine. He earned his doctorate in public administration from American University.
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