Spring 2014 Commencement Speaker
Director Katherine Archuleta
Director Katherine Archuleta is a long-time public servant, who has distinguished herself as a leader on human resources and management policy in a variety of senior positions in local and Federal government.
On November 4th, Archuleta was sworn in to begin her tenure as the 10th Director of the Office of Personnel Management, and the first Latina to lead OPM, the agency responsible for attracting and retaining an innovative, diverse and talented workforce.
Director Archuleta began her career in public service as a teacher in the Denver public school system. She left teaching to work as an aide to Denver Mayor Federico Peña. When Mayor Peña became Secretary of Transportation during the Clinton Administration, Archuleta continued her public service as his Chief of Staff. Later, Peña was appointed to head the Department of Energy and Archuleta served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary.
After the Clinton Administration, she went back to local government and became a Senior Policy Advisor to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.
Prior to joining OPM, Archuleta spent the first two years of the Obama Administration serving as the Chief of Staff at the Department of Labor to Secretary Hilda Solis, and most recently, she was the National Political Director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
As the Director of OPM, Archuleta is committed to building an innovative and inclusive workforce that reflects America. As a long-time public servant, she is a champion of Federal employees.