On November 4, 2013, Katherine Archuleta 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. As her priorities, she focused on recognizing the tremendous talent and dedication of over 2 million federal workers serving in every state of our country, on recruiting a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the people it serves, and on preparing federal employees for the workplace of the future. She traveled extensively as the President’s workforce ambassador to encourage young workers, mid-career professionals and executives to consider the purpose-driven mission of Federal service.
She 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. Accumulating nearly 20 years in public service along with leadership roles in the nonprofit sectors in both Colorado and New Mexico, Ms. Archuleta has been recognized nationally and locally for her dedication to supporting the role of Latinos and women in public and private sector leadership roles.
She and her husband, Edmundo Gonzales, are the proud parents of Graciela Katarina Gonzales who is a third grade teacher at Greenlee Elementary School in the Denver Public Schools. Katherine taught at that same school when she began her professional career over 40 years ago and Graciela’s classroom is the same classroom where once Katherine and her dear friend, Dr. Martha Urioste, worked together as Bilingual Supervisors.