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Veronica Villalobos | Creating a More Diverse and Inclusive Federal Workforce
By USBE Online
Mar 27, 2014, 19:40

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Veronica Villalobos is director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The OPM is responsible for personnel management of the civil service of the federal government.

Villalobos manages OPM's diversity and inclusion effort to develop, drive and monitor strategies designed to create a more diverse and inclusive federal workforce. In this capacity, she works with federal agencies to implement their diversity and inclusion strategic plans, each designed with the three goals of diversity, inclusion and sustainability. She also manages implementation efforts to improve agency efforts to employ federal workers with disabilities through increased recruitment, hiring and retention of these individuals.

From 2008 through 2010, Villalobos served as the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity where she was responsible for equal employment opportunity (EEO) complaint processing and affirmative employment programs at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In 2010, she served as a special counsel to Christine Griffin, OPM deputy director and chairwoman of the Inter-Agency Work Group on Diversity. Villalobos coordinated the work group's efforts to develop a plan to create a federal workplace that represents all segments of society.

In 2008, she served as the chairwoman of the Federal Hispanic Work Group, which was charged by the EEOC chairperson with examining Hispanic community concerns about federal sector employment and executive development. From 2000 through 2008, Villalobos was assigned to the Office of Federal Operations where she issued decisions in cases covering alleged discrimination, including race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion and reprisal.

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