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Former NASA Talent Director Elizabeth Kolmstetter Becomes CISA’s 1st Chief People Officer

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has chosen former NASA executive Elizabeth Kolmstetter as its first-ever chief people officer.

The brand new position was established to help CISA’s executive leadership team coordinate with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer and the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility, CISA Director Jen Easterly announced Thursday.

Kolmstetter brings 29 years of public service experience to her new role. She is a 13-year member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service, having worked in leadership positions at the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as well as the Transportation Security Administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Department of Labor’s National Skill Standards Board.

Her most recent post was director of talent strategy and engagement at NASA’s Human Capital Office, wherein Kolmstetter led the creation of programs for people analytics, employee engagement and culture, and workforce strategy and planning. During her tenure, the space agency was deemed the Best Place to Work in Government among large federal agencies for ten consecutive years.

“[Kolmstetter’s] extensive experience in innovating talent management programs that support employee engagement, development, and collaboration make her an ideal executive to lead our important work to build an enduring ‘People First’ culture at CISA,” Easterly commented.

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