The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has named Dr. Elizabeth Kolmstetter the agency’s first-ever Chief People Officer.

“Her 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,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly.

Dr. Kolmstetter joins CISA after working at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for more than six years in roles including Deputy for Culture and Workforce Transformation.

Her Federal government work spans other agencies including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as a Chief Human Capital Officer, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) as a Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer.

“I am beyond thrilled to join CISA and that’s true for three exciting reasons,” Dr. Kolmstetter said.

“First, the purpose of CISA is remarkable; there is no mission more critical for our national security,” she said. “I have cared deeply about infrastructure security since my time at TSA and cybersecurity from my early work on the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative at ODNI.”

“Second, in a word, people,” she continued. “Jen is a leader with vision and drive and has built a strong leadership team and really cares about the people of CISA and across the cybersecurity partnership.”

“And third, passion,” she said. “I am passionate about my work and am energized by the focus of this role on people and culture strategy. I am truly looking forward to working with the great team at CISA.”

Dr. Kolmstetter obtained a Ph.D. and masters in industrial and organizational psychology from Virginia Tech and also holds a bachelor’s of psychology and computer science from Hollins University.

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Jose Rascon is a MeriTalk Staff Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.