On August 3, 2015, Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Ventris C. Gibson as the District of Columbia’s Director of the Department of Human Resources Director. Ms. Gibson is the senior most executive responsible for human capital leadership in the development, execution, and management of the District’s human resources program that serves 37,000 employees and 702,000 residents. Prior to her service with the District of Columbia Government, Ms. Gibson, a United States Navy veteran, served as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she was responsible for the articulation and delivery of Department-wide human resources policies, plans, and programs affecting 92,000 employees in various organizations, i.e., NIH, CDC, FDA, CMS. Ms. Gibson also served in the Federal Aviation Administration as the Assistant Administrator for Human Resources and in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resource Management and its first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resolution Management. She was VA’s highest-ranking woman veteran and directed human resources management and civil rights programs affecting 230,000 employees. With a career that spans more than 40 years in both human resources executive and professional positions, Ms. Gibson is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations. She has received the Exceptional and Meritorious Service Awards, FAA Manager Association’s Leadership Award, National Hispanic Coalition’s President’s Award, and the Northern New Jersey Metropolitan Area Prestigious ”Woman of the Year” award. A graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Ms. Gibson attended the University of Maryland, University College.
Ms. Gibson’s 2020 LeadHERship Presentation: Intentional Impactfulness