The President intends to appoint Marta Brito PÃ©rez, of Maryland, to be Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. Ms. PÃ©rez currently serves as Associate Director of the Human Capital Leadership & Merit System Accountability Division at the Office of Personnel Management. Prior to this, she served as Director of the Office of Human Resources of Montgomery County Government in Maryland. Earlier in her career, she served as a Manager with the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Ms. PÃ©rez received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and her master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University.
This will be a challenging job to step into, given the administration’s recent losses in court over collective bargaining rights at DHS. Hopefully Ms. PÃ©rez will steer DHS away from this losing battle, and focus on consensus-based ways to motivate and optimize the performance of DHS employees.
Some recent congressional testimony by Ms. PÃ©rez is available here.