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Roman, Renee L.
Chief of Staff, Defense Logistics Agency


Dr. Renee L. Roman, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Chief of Staff for the Defense Logistics Agency, at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Roman was the Executive Director for Support of DLA Logistics Operations (J3), responsible for the development and application of DLA logistics policy, plans, programs and operations for all classes of supplies managed by DLA. Additionally she managed strategic long-term programs, concepts and initiatives to inform and influence the development of capabilities to enhance logistics support to the warfighter. Dr. Roman has also served as the Executive Director of Operations and Sustainment (J31), Defense Logistics Agency. In that capacity she led efforts to engage the military service headquarters and major commands, combatant commands and service components around the world to facilitate the link between their mission needs and DLA’s capabilities, maximizing readiness and logistics combat power.

Dr. Roman’s logistics career began in February 1982 at the Defense Personnel Support Center, Medical Directorate, in Philadelphia. Through the years she has held diverse headquarters and field-level operational positions with numerous designations serving as the agency senior liaison to major military commands; inventory management experience with responsibility for multimillion-dollar inventories, supply systems analyst experience conducting detailed research and investigation of supply support service problems and evaluation of supply operations effectiveness, as well as direct experience with the establishment of policies and procedures in support of a wide range of logistics core capabilities. Her previous positions include Staff Director, Policy, Programs and Requirements within DLA leading a $76 million budget transformation initiative and an organization of more than 225 cross-functional government and contractor personnel; Deputy Chief, DLA Customer Support Office, where she developed, documented and implemented the process and procedures for the first agency plans for negotiating Performance Based Agreements between the agency and its customers; the Deputy Commander of DLA Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii, responsible for a geographically dispersed team of military and civilians engaged in contingency planning and customer readiness operations throughout the Pacific, to include Korea, Japan, Guam, Singapore and Alaska.

Dr. Roman also has broad government experience serving in Senior Executive Service positions at the Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C. At OPM, Dr. Roman served as the Deputy Associate Director (Operations) for the Leadership and Talent Management Solutions, U.S. Office of Personnel Management where her organization focused on helping agencies improve organizational performance through the delivery of effective human resources solutions to include staffing, leadership development, organizational and individual assessment, workforce planning and succession planning. During her tenure with OPM, Dr. Roman additionally served as the Deputy Associate Director, Center for Leadership Capacity Services, offering comprehensive leadership development and training programs helping participants navigate their leadership journey. In this role her focus was on developing “great leaders for great government,” to include programs offered by the Federal Executive Institute, the Western and Eastern Management Development Centers, the Presidential Management Fellows Program, SES briefing programs and various succession planning programs. In her first SES appointment, in 2006, she served as the Director of the Presidential Management Fellows program. She assumed the PMF Director position upon successful completion of the highly competitive first government wide Senior Executive Service Federal Candidate Development program, in which she was selected from among 4,700 applicants as one of 12 participants.

Dr. Roman is a retired Navy Reserve Supply Corps officer. Her military assignments included a Commanding Officer tour, two department head tours as Supply Officer, two Executive Officer tours (both in fully operational commissioned Naval Expeditionary Units) and one tour as Battalion Training Officer in a Naval Cargo Handling Battalion. Military awards included Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medals, and Joint Meritorious Unit Citations.

Dr. Roman holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology; a Master of Science in public administration from Central Michigan University; a Master of Science in resourcing national security from ICAF; and a Ph.D. in industrial organization psychology from Walden University.