Click here to skip navigation
An official website of the United States Government.
Skip Navigation

In This Section

Our People & Organization Senior Staff Bios

Zina B. Sutch

As Deputy Associate Director of Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion at the Office of Personnel Management Dr. Sutch leads OPM’s effort to develop government-wide policies and guidance to assist Federal agencies build diverse, inclusive, and engaged workforces and organizational cultures. 

Before joining OPM, she was Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of the Executive Secretariat. While there she led that office’s oversight of all correspondence for USDA Secretary Vilsack. Prior to holding that position, Dr. Sutch served as USDA’s Director of Diversity, Recruitment, and Work/Life, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration. In that role, she led the Department in the development and implementation of programs and policies that help foster a modern, diverse, and inclusive workforce. She also oversaw accountability efforts for the Secretary’s Cultural Transformation initiative, analyzing data across categories that include diversity, hiring reform, training, and leadership, while focusing on employee engagement.

Prior to leading that Division, Dr. Sutch served as the Deputy Provost of USDA’s Virtual University and USDA’s Chief Training Officer. Her career at USDA began in 2006 when she joined the Federal Government as the Leadership Development Program Manager at USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. She moved up to the department level when she served as a training officer for the International Technology Services in the Office of the Chief Information Officer. She has been with the Federal government for more than 10 years and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of education and training in both the public and private sectors.

Before joining Federal service, Dr. Sutch worked with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Public School System assessing and developing improvement plans for low performing schools. She was a faculty member and taught graduate and undergraduate courses at George Mason University, Bowie State University, and Baltimore University. She is also a former Associate Director of the K-16 Partnership Development Center at the University of Maryland in College Park where she provided teacher training, leadership development, and certification courses to classroom teachers and administrators.  Dr. Sutch started her education career as a classroom teacher and moved into leadership positions serving as Education Director then School Principal and Director in the private and public school sectors.

Dr. Sutch has a doctorate degree from the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University. She has two daughters and currently lives in Falls Church, Virginia.

Download a printable version of this biography

Control Panel