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Katherine Archuleta – Appointed by President Barack Obama as first Latina head of US Office of Personnel Management ; 2020 Inductee to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame; 2020 Inductee to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame – Episode 143

Katherine Archuleta – Appointed by President Barack Obama as first Latina head of US Office of Personnel Management ; 2020 Inductee to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame; 2020 Inductee to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame – Episode 143

Today on Extraordinary Women Radio, I’m excited to bring you this extraordinary woman – Katherine Archuleta, appointed by President Barack Obama as first Latina head of US Office of Personnel Management and a 2020 Inductee to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

In this episode:

  • How listening is important in leading discussions about critical issues today
  • Inclusivity and diversity as ideals in our modern world
  • Katherine’s appointment as first Latina head of US Office of Personnel Management by President Barack Obama
  • Experience, expertise, and excitement as the 3 E’s to success
  • The importance of passion in achieving success
  • The shoulders that Katherine stand on for support
  • Hear about what’s next for Katherine in the political environment and the community

Katherine began her career as a school teacher in Denver, and worked in local government for Denver Mayors Federico Pena and John Hickenlooper. She worked for the Departments of Transportation and Energy in the Clinton Administration and was Chief of Staff to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis during the first two years of the Obama Administration.  Katherine joined Obama 2012 Campaign as its National Political Director.

On November 4, 2013, Katherine was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the first Latina to the lead the US Office of Personnel Management.  Overseeing the Human Resources management of the entire federal government, Ms. Archuleta was responsible for the recruitment, hiring, development and support of federal workers throughout the country.

“When we talk about women it’s not just enough to talk about gender. You have to think about race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, geographic diversity and all of that.” – Katherine Archuleta

Discover more about Katherine’s works and passion on her website here: Dimension Strat. You can also connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter.

Let’s meet Katherine Archuleta!

Katherine Archuleta Show Notes


The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame mission is to inspire by celebrating and sharing the enduring contributions of Colorado’s distinctive women. To achieve this, the Hall educates the people of Colorado about the stories of the women who shaped our state and the nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, compassion, and creativity. Their talents, skills, struggles, and contributions form a legacy that the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to protecting. I invite you to join us at the March 18, 2020, Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame 2020 Inductee Gala by purchasing your ticket here.

Watch for five additional interviews in the coming months of the 2020 Inductee Hall of Famers:

  • Lupe BriseñoLISTEN TO HER INTERVIEW Briseño made waves within Colorado’s Labor Movement after organizing the Kitayama Carnation Strike—the women-led social movement in 1969 at the Kitamaya floral plant in Brighton, which centered on demands for worker’s rights, especially in regard to the treatment of female workers. Her demonstration of leadership in the fight for civil and labor rights, social justice, and feminism played a pivotal role in the Colorado Chicano Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and ’70s.
  • Rosalind “Bee” HarrisLISTEN TO HER INTERVIEW Harris shifted the Colorado media landscape when she founded the Denver Urban Spectrum in 1987 — a monthly publication built to elevate the stories of communities of color and highlight the voices that were not otherwise reflected in mainstream media. Harris also went on to found the Urban Spectrum Youth Foundation in 2000 as a journalism mentoring program for 11- to 17-year-olds.
  • Velveta HowellLISTEN TO HER INTERVIEW Howell was the eighth African American female to graduate from the University of Colorado Law School and went on to become the first woman of color appointed as Colorado’s Deputy District Attorney. Howell was also later appointed to the Colorado Health Care Reform Executive Steering Committee and helped establish the Colorado Office of Health Disparities—only the second in the nation.
  • Marianne Neifert, MD, MTSLISTEN TO HER INTERVIEW In the late 1970s, Neifert was the first U.S. physician to promote the routine use of modern breastfeeding technologies and helped establish the then-burgeoning field of breastfeeding medicine. In 1984, she co-founded the Mothers’ Milk Bank—the nation’s largest nonprofit human milk bank. In 1990, she co-founded the Colorado Breastfeeding Task Force (which later became the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition) with a mission to educate and advocate for the practice and later co-founded the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine in 1994.
  • Gale Norton – LISTEN TO HER INTERVIEW  Gale become the first woman elected Attorney General of Colorado – at a time when only two women had previously held the office of state Attorney General anywhere in the country.  She achieved another first when she was appointed Secretary of the US Department of the Interior – the first female leader in the Department’s 150-year history.  In that role, Norton was responsible for managing over 20% of the land area of the United States, a Fortune-500-sized budget, and a workforce of 70,000 employees. Norton led efforts that resolved 70-year-old interstate disputes on the Colorado River and instituted a west-wide water conservation program. She championed the President’s Healthy Forest Initiative and Cooperative Conservation.

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