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Elizabeth B. Kolmstetter is USAID’s chief human capital officer, with broad responsibility for strategic human capital management and for developing and implementing innovative and transformational human resource policies, procedures and programs. She is an industrial and organizational (IO) psychologist and member of the Senior Executive Service.
Prior to joining USAID in March 2013, Kolmstetter served as the deputy director for corporate human resources programs at the Central Intelligence Agency. There she was on a joint duty assignment to the CIA from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where she served as the deputy associate director of national intelligence for human capital from 2007 to 2010.
Previously, Kolmstetter served as the director for human capital development at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the Department of Homeland Security. She was one of the first federal employees tapped in January 2002 to be part of the creation of TSA in the aftermath of 9/11. She was directly responsible for establishing and managing the new standards and hiring system that resulted in the largest civilian workforce mobilization in U.S. history—the hiring of over 55,000 security screeners at 430 airports across the nation in less than one year.
Kolmstetter joined TSA from the National Skill Standards Board, where she was the senior director for standards, assessment and certification from 2000 to 2002. She served as the technical leader for developing a voluntary national system of industry-led skill standards, assessments and certifications for industries including: manufacturing, sales and service, information technology and telecommunications, and education and training. From 1993 to 2000, she served as the first chief of personnel assessment and research, and first IO psychologist, at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In May 2010, Kolmstetter was awarded the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal by the Director of National Intelligence in recognition of her leadership and contributions. She also received innovation and leadership awards for her work at TSA, the M. Scott Myers Award for Best Applied Research in 2006 from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Innovations in Assessment Award from the International Personnel Management Association.
Prior to her federal career, Kolmstetter worked for BellSouth in Atlanta, Ga., and Westat in Rockville, Md.
Kolmstetter received her doctorate and Master of Science in IO psychology from Virginia Tech and her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and computer science from Hollins University.
Last updated: July 11, 2014