Ronna Rowe Garrett

Ronna Rowe Garrett


Director, Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service



Ms. Ronna Rowe Garrett, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Executive Director, Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service. Her responsibilities include development and oversight of civilian human resource plans, policies, and programs for 950,000 defense employees worldwide. Ms. Garrett’s portfolio spans the full spectrum of the Human Capital Management, to include talent acquisition and management, development and sustainment, performance management, strategic workforce and succession planning, and leader development. Ms. Garrett’s career spans 32 years as a Federal civilian, with her first assignment in Department of Navy as a summer intern at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Garrett served as the Director, Strategic Planning for Personnel and Readiness. In that capacity, she led a Department-wide multi-disciplinary team charged to deliver a five year Strategic Workforce Plan to the United States Congress.

Ms. Garrett also served as the Deputy for the Assistant G1, Civilian Personnel at Department of Army, Washington, D.C., with responsibility for development of civilian personnel plans and policies for 350,000 civilians worldwide.

Ms. Garrett was appointed as the Executive Director and charged with overseeing the movement of an Army major command four-star headquarters, Forces Command, from Atlanta, GA to North Carolina. In this capacity, she led a multi-disciplinary team of military and civilians as the Officer in Charge addressing a broad spectrum of relocation issues, such as, environmental and community impacts, facility utilization, economic adjustments, installation environmental restoration, military and civilian human resource impacts, real property disposals, base structure, and military construction.

Ms. Garrett entered federal civilian service in 1985; she is a graduate of the Army Intern Program and has held a variety of positions throughout the Department of Defense, to include Human Resource Manager in a major military medical center; Civilian Personnel Officer at the Army’s largest operations center, Human Resources Director to US Army Forces command, and a senior advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

Ms. Garrett earned her Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management, Troy State University, Troy, Alabama; Ms. Garrett is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. Her professional military education includes Personnel Management for Executives, Army Management Staff College; she is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.

Ms. Garrett’s awards include Friend of the Army Medical Regiment, Department of Army honorary awards: Meritorious Civilian Service, Superior Civilian Service, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, and Achievement Medal for Civilian Service; her professional affiliations include Society for Human Resources Management, Association of the US Army, Office of Personnel Management Federal Executive Board.

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