Denise L. Carter joined the U.S. Department of Education leadership team as the principal deputy assistant secretary for management on May 6, 2013.
Carter is responsible for providing strategic leadership for a broad operational portfolio, including human resources; diversity management and equal employment opportunity; real property management; security services; privacy, information and records management services; transportation and fleet management; and education appeals adjudication.
Prior to joining the Department, Carter served as the deputy assistant secretary for human resources and the chief human capital officer for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She provided leadership and departmental guidance to 1,200 human resources professionals and managed the full range of human capital services for 90,000 health care, scientific, public health, and administrative management professionals. During her time at HHS, Carter also led a number of administrative management transformation initiatives, including the president’s hiring reform initiative, human resources information technology improvements, and new management development programs. Before being appointed to the chief human capital officer position, she served on the leadership team responsible for the successful transition of the Medicare appeals function from the Social Security Administration back to HHS. In 2010 Carter was awarded the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in recognition of her HHS achievements.
Over the past 20 years, Carter also served with the Department of Defense, the Defense Information Systems Agency, and the Department of Commerce in a variety of administrative management leadership positions.