Deputy Assistant Secretary
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Georgia Coffey was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in September 2008. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ms. Coffey serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for the second largest Department in Federal Government, and principal advisor to the Secretary and Assistant Secretary on equal employment opportunity (EEO), workforce diversity and workplace inclusion issues. She has over 25 years of EEO, diversity and inclusion (D&I), and dispute resolution experience in the public and private sectors.
Since joining the VA, Ms. Coffey has served as a catalyst for change in VA and government-wide. Under her leadership, VA has implemented cutting edge programs including creating its first Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan which served as a model for the Federal Government D&I Strategic Plan; standing up VA’s first Diversity Council and creating the framework for Federal Government’s first Diversity and Inclusion Council; implementing standardized EEO, D&I, and Conflict Management training and performance standards for managers and supervisors; issuing a consolidated EEO, D&I, No FEAR & Whistleblowing Protection Policy; and developing innovative new metrics—the VA Diversity Index and Inclusion Index—that have been recognized government-wide. Ms. Coffey restructured the office she currently heads—the Office of Diversity and Inclusion—into a model for the Federal D&I community.
Prior to joining VA, Ms. Coffey served as the Director of EEO and Diversity Management and Acting Assistant Commissioner for Management for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where she implemented similar first-time EEO and diversity initiatives. She is a contributing author to “Inside the Minds: Implementing a Successful Human Resources Strategy,” and prolific public speaker on diversity and inclusion issues facing the nation, addressing audiences at such esteemed venues as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission National Conference, The Conference Board, Society for Human Resources Management, the Brookings Institute, and many others. A nationally recognized thought leader, Ms. Coffey was recently honored to be featured on the cover of Diversity Executive Magazine (Nov/Dec 2013 issue).
Ms. Coffey earned her Bachelor's Degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, a Master's Degree and completed Doctoral coursework in education from American University, and a Certificate in EEO Studies from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations.