Constance Berry Newman was sworn in as Director of the Office of Personnel Management on June 12, 1989. For more than 20 years she managed public and private organizations. Among her major management positions were: Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Director of VISTA, and President of the Newman and Hermanson Company. She was also Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
From 1987 to 1988, Ms. Newman worked for the Government of Lesotho as a Cooperative Housing Foundation consultant to a committee established for the purpose of advising the Ministry of Interior regarding the establishment of a housing corporation to receive World Bank funding.
During her public career which began in 1961, Ms. Newman worked in 12 Federal government agencies with three Presidential appointments, two of which were confirmed by the Senate. She began her career as a GS-3 clerk typist at the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management. For six years, she worked in the Personnel Department of the Bureau dealing with such issues as classification, adverse action appeals, recruitment and placement, and training. She continued as a career civil servant until 1969 when she became a political appointee.
Ms. Newman was a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow from 1977 to 1985 and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Kennedy School, Harvard University from 1979 to 1982. She has received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from her Alma Mater, Bates College, and Amherst College. In addition to receiving an A.B. from Bates College, she received a Bachelor of Sciences in Law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. In 1985, she received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. She is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and has served on numerous civic boards and committees.