Sydney Smith-Heimbrock directs the Office of Personnel Management’s Leadership and HR Development Solutions Center in the Division for HR Solutions. As LHRD Director, Dr. Smith-Heimbrock leads the Federal Executive Institute and OPM’s management development centers, providing classroom-based and customized executive and management development services for all federal agencies, as well as state, local and foreign government organizations and officials.
Prior to this position, Dr. Smith-Heimbrock served OPM for five years leading the Federal government’s Strategic Human Capital Management initiative. In this capacity she developed government-wide standards and assessed agency performance as part of the President’s Management Agenda. She led the Federal Executive Board (FEB) program, the annual President’s Quality Awards, and OPM’s Administrative Law Judge program.
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. She is currently Chair-elect of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA)’s Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations (SPALR) and Advisory Board member of the Review of Public Personnel Administration.