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Thursday, March 25, 2021
Contact: Office of Communications
Tel: 202-594-6827

RELEASE: Office of Personnel Management Announces Additional Key Staff Appointments

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced additional Biden-Harris Administration political appointees. These diverse and accomplished individuals will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the agency and work to quickly advance key priorities for the Biden-Harris Administration.

Rita Aguilar, Senior Advisor, Office of Congressional, Legislative, and Intergovernmental Affairs: Before joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Rita led strategic partnerships and engagement as Vice President for the College Promise Campaign. She also served on the OPM Agency Review Team for the Biden-Harris Transition. During both terms of the Obama-Biden Administration, she held several positions advising on legal, legislative, and policy matters, including Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice and Senior Confirmations Advisor in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Rita is a graduate of Southwestern University, the University of Texas School of Law, and the University of Edinburgh Law School in Scotland.

Peter Bonner, Associate Director, Office of Human Resources Solutions: Peter comes to OPM having recently led his own small business, Bonner Enterprises. He has worked to support the federal workforce through projects that improve agencies’ individual, team, and organizational performance using organizational development, human centered design, learning, leadership development, and inter-agency partnerships. His OPM experience ranges from assisting with human capital assessment and accountability to process improvement and senior executive performance management. Peter has held executive positions at ICF International, ASI Government, and the Association for Talent Development. He has a master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Marymount University. 

Rachel Cotton, Deputy General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel: Rachel recently served as Deputy General Counsel to the Biden-Harris Transition and led the ethics and compliance work for the Transition’s Office of General Counsel. Previously, she worked as Counsel to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Prior to that, she was a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, where she had a wide-ranging litigation and investigations practice.  Earlier in her career, Cotton worked in the U.S. Senate, as an associate at Covington & Burling LLP, and as a law clerk for the Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Honorable Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. (Ret.) on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University.

Alethea Predeoux, Director, Office of Congressional, Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs: As Director of Legislative, Political, and Grassroots Mobilization for the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Alethea worked to protect the rights of federal workers and ensure that they had the necessary tools and resources to provide vital services to the American public. Prior to AFGE, Alethea worked as a Senior Legislative Analyst for Paralyzed Veterans of America. She began her career in federal service at the Transportation Security Administration covering workforce policy issues and Congressional inquiries.  Alethea is a graduate of Spelman College, and has a Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University, School of Public Policy. 

Scott Syroka, Deputy Communications Director, Office of Communications: Scott most recently served in local government as an at-large Council Member on the Johnston, Iowa City Council. During his time in office, he worked on issues including broadband internet connectivity, pandemic relief for small businesses, sustainability and climate, and more. He is an alum of multiple campaigns, including serving as the Director of States Paid Media for the Biden-Harris campaign, and previously worked on brand initiatives at Google. Scott is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Tiffany Worthy, Senior Advisor for Appointee Leadership Development, Office of the Director: Tiffany comes to OPM with over 13 years of experience in leadership development, teaching, and training. Tiffany most recently served on the Biden-Harris Transition. Previously, she worked at the Obama Foundation where she led instructional design of online and blended learning. Tiffany also supported the leadership development of thousands of teachers as a Program Director at Leadership For Educational Equity. She served as the Youth Vote Director in Michigan for the 2012 Obama campaign, taught middle school and high school English in Washington, D.C., and worked as a Field Organizer on the 2008 Obama campaign. Tiffany received a BA from Michigan State University and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching at American University.

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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the leader in workforce management for the federal government. Our agency builds, strengthens, and serves a federal workforce of 2.2 million employees with programs like hiring assistance, healthcare and insurance, retirement benefits, and much more. We provide agencies with policies, guidance, and best practices for supporting federal workers, so they can best serve the American people.

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