Jeff T. H. Pon, Director
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Jeff T. H. Pon, Director

Dr. Jeff Pon is the Chief Human Resources and Strategy Officer for the
Society for Human Resource Management. He has over 20 years of experience in leading organizations and transforming talent management in the private and public sectors. Dr. Pon has co-authored and developed national Human Resource standards with the Corporate Leadership Council, the National Academy of Public Administration, and Booz Allen Hamilton. He is experienced in driving full-scale organizational change assignments in challenging domestic and international settings. He has successfully managed large-scale projects requiring cost-effective and innovative solutions to support startup, consolidation, downsizing, and reengineering efforts in both emerging and mature markets. Dr. Pon has demonstrated leadership expertise on strategic and operational issues in a variety of industrial settings. Dr. Pon served as a member of the Senior Executive Service for six years.

Previous to joining the Society for Human Resources Management, Dr. Pon was the President and COO of Futures Inc. Futures' mission is to help find the right jobs for returning military, veterans, and their families.

As a Principal at Booz Allen, Dr. Pon served as a strategic human capital management consultant in support of United States Federal Government clients such as: the Social Security Administration, Department of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), Internal Revenue Service, Department of Energy, General Services Administration, and the Office of Personnel Management. Key focus areas include: Human Resources Service Delivery Transformation, Shared Services, Strategy Development, Organization Design, Change Management, Process Management, Strategic Human Capital, Learning Systems, Strategic Communications, and Outsourcing.

In January, 2006 Dr. Pon was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as the Chief Human Capital Officer for the U. S. Department of Energy. In this position, he worked to advance the mission of the Department though strategic human capital planning. He played a key role improving human capital management – a top priority for the Department. Dr. Pon recognized the challenges facing the organization and championed efforts to increase the level of capability, capacity, and resources for human capital programs by expanding individual and organizational performance accountability as well as developing the organization's workforce planning capability.

Dr. Pon helped the Department redeploy a viable workforce pipeline extending to universities, colleges, and high schools. He also established a complex-wide internship and leadership development program. In recognition for his service, Dr. Pon was awarded the Secretary's Distinguished Service Award and the Career Achievement Award.

During 2003-2005, Dr. Pon served as the Director and Deputy Director of eGovernment at the U. S. Office of Personnel Management. Dr. Pon led the implementation of ePayroll, USAJobs, eTraining, Enterprise Human Resource Integration, eClearance, and also the Human Resources Line of Business. These six initiatives have transformed Federal Human Resources business and has saved taxpayers an estimated $2.6 billion.

Dr. Pon has distinguished himself while in Federal Service. Dr. Pon was awarded the Grace Hopper Award in 2004, eGov Explorers Award in 2004, Federal 100 Award in 2005, 2008 Gold Medal from the Director of National Intelligence for appreciation and support for Intelligence Community Human Resources Initiatives, and 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

From 1990 to 2002, Dr. Pon served as an executive in several technology and manufacturing companies. He has helped companies such as Seagate Technology, Burger King, PetCo, Hyperion Solutions, Siemens, HP, Qualcomm, Sempra Energy, William Sonoma, Taylor Made Golf, and Federal Express.
Dr. Pon earned his Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D., Industrial Organizational Psychology) from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1997. He also has a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. His undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Human Factors from the University of Southern California.