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Karen Jacobs

As the Deputy Associate Director for Recruitment and Hiring, Kim Holden leads the Federal government’s efforts to recruit and hire America’s best and brightest to meet the challenges of the 21st century Government. 

Kim manages the design, development, and promotion of the merit-based employment tools, policies, and programs that Federal agencies use to recruit, examine and hire high-quality employees from diverse backgrounds. Her focus at OPM also includes providing government-wide oversight of classification, assessment, recruitment policy, and the Pathways Programs for students and recent graduates as well as the Presidential Management Fellows program. 

Kim has dedicated more than 30 years to public service and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2006. 

Before joining OPM, Kim served for 17 years with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in a number of roles. She was Assistant Commissioner for Management, FDA Human Resources Director, Deputy Director for Recruitment and Staffing, and the Office of Management Programs Director.  While at FDA, Kim successfully spearheaded the FDA 2008/2009 Hiring Surge that resulted in the agency recruiting and hiring over 1,500 new staff to focus on the expanded food safety and medical product safety mission of FDA. 

Kim began her Federal career in 1984, with the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) as a Federal Junior Fellow. 

Kim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of the District of Columbia.  Kim is married to her husband Keith and in her spare time, enjoys being a grandmother, making jewelry, and entertaining.

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