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Sydney Smith-Heimbrock

Sydney Smith-Heimbrock leads Employee Services’ Center for Strategic Workforce Planning.  Her team develops forecasts and strategies to position the Federal workforce for future requirements, and tests creative new solutions through OPM’s Innovation Lab.  Dr. Smith-Heimbrock also serves as Provost of the HR University, the Federal Government's "one stop" Human Resources Career Development Center.

Dr. Smith-Heimbrock brings 20 years of public- and private-sector senior management experience in human capital development, performance management, and government reform worldwide.  As a senior management consultant, she designed and conducted performance management training for government clients throughout the United States and internationally.  During her previous federal service, Dr. Smith-Heimbrock served as the U.S. Department of Labor’s Director of International Technical Cooperation, leading global workforce development and government reform programs in partnership with the International Labor Organization, the World Bank, the Department of State, USAID and other key agencies. 

Dr. Smith-Heimbrock earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Miami University of Ohio, concentrating in Public Administration and Comparative Politics.  She holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Syracuse University and Stanford University.  Dr. Smith-Heimbrock has published and presented numerous papers on public policy and human capital development, and conducted original research on the competencies required to govern by network.


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