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Deputy Performance Improvement Officer of the DoD - Dr. Silvana Rubino-Hallman


Dr. Silvana Rubino-Hallman is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, currently serving as Deputy Performance Improvement Officer of the Department of Defense in the Office of the Secretary. In this role, Dr. Rubino-Hallman leads a diverse portfolio integrating strategic planning, performance management, performance improvement initiatives oversight and enterprise risk management activities in support of the National Defense Strategy implementation. She is responsible for the preparation of the Department’s Strategic Management Plan (SMP) in coordination with all DoD Components, and for supporting the Deputy Secretary’s oversight of SMP and Defense Reform initiatives’ implementation. Dr. Rubino-Hallman also leads the development of the Department’s Enterprise Risk Management framework for DoD enterprise management operations, in partnership with the Office of the Comptroller, and she serves as DoD’s main liaison with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for Department audit engagements, GAO High Risk DoD-owned areas and the management of open recommendations DoD-wide.

Dr. Rubino-Hallman is an internationally recognized leader in organizational transformation, with almost three decades of professional experience in civil-military relations, U.S. National Security, international development, and public and private sector transformation initiatives. Before joining the Department of Defense, Dr. Rubino-Hallman was a Principal Operations Specialist in the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), responsible for providing advice to Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) governments on the design and implementation of public sector investment initiatives. Her expertise greatly contributed to strengthening governments’ institutional capacity, operational efficiency, transparency, and effectiveness in the delivery of services to their citizens. Dr. Rubino-Hallman’s pioneering work made possible the implementation of transformative technology platforms for investment management in several LAC countries. Additionally, she led the replacement of core enterprise systems radically transforming the IADB’s mission, streamlining management of a $23 billion project portfolio. Dr. Rubino-Hallman was also responsible for revamping the Bank’s corporate services through the successful implementation of a shared services model, which dramatically improved quality of services to Bank’s employees and key stakeholders.

Dr. Rubino-Hallman was a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the renowned Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. She earned a Master of Arts in International Affairs, with specialization in US Foreign Policy and National Security (1993) and a PhD in International Relations with a specialization in Decision-Making Theory and Artificial Intelligence (1995) from The American University in Washington, DC. Dr. Rubino-Hallman was selected as one of twenty-nine National Finalists for the White House Fellows Program and she also served as a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.

Dr. Rubino-Hallman had the privilege to serve our country as a military spouse alongside her husband during his 27 years of active duty service in the United States Air Force; they now reside in the District of Columbia with their three daughters.