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Special Advisor for Workforce 2030 - Denise L. Williams


Ms. Williams is currently the Senior Advisor for Workforce 2030 in the Office of the Director of Administration and Management (ODA&M) where she is responsible for building an enduring civilian workforce cadre whose skills knowledge, and abilities are aligned to promote and advance the National Defense Strategy and sustain the readiness of the civilian force across all functional domains. 


Previously, Ms. Williams served as the Staff Director of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Red Team, where she planned, directed, and ensured the timely execution of civilian and military personnel programs; developed program goals, objectives, and policies; and justified, directed, and allocated a multi-million dollar budget including human resources, materiel, and analytic projects across the Department of Defense (DoD).  Prior to joining the OSD Red Team, Ms. Williams served as the Acting Human Intelligence Director for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (OUSD(I&S)), where she was responsible for defense intelligence policy matters within the DoD, including promulgating policy issuances and conducting oversight of their implementation.  Ms. Williams also served at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in a number of capacities, with deployments to both Afghanistan and Iraq.  Key positions at the DIA included Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff, DIA; Policy Branch Chief; Senior Strategic Planner; Operations Officer; and All-Source Analyst. 


Ms. Williams is a graduate of the Defense Senior Leader Development Program and earned a Master of Science degree in National Resources and Strategy from the National Defense University, an Arts Master degree in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.