Message from Your SEA President

By Bill Valdez, SEA President

I am honored to have been selected as SEA’s third President in our organization’s 36 year history. Jerry Shaw, the founding President, set the original course for SEA in the 1980s, and Carol Bonosaro, who served more than 30 years as President, helped make SEA a respected and powerful voice in Washington for senior executives.

I am committed to building on this legacy by focusing on four general strategic themes:

• Strengthening the SES Corps to meet current and future national requirements.
• Building a leadership pipeline to ensure that the Federal government can continue to deliver on the vital missions that have been entrusted to the Executive Branch.
• Making SEA a thought leader in the Washington policy debates and contributing sensible and effective solutions to the difficult challenges facing the Federal government.
• Providing world class management of the SEA so that we can deliver the services that our members require to be successful.

Over the coming months I will be providing specific plans and proposals that align with these strategic directions. The SEA Board of Directors, which is the SEA membership’s channel for advice and oversight of the operations and policies of the SEA, will be heavily involved in the development of these plans and proposals. I encourage all SEA members to reach out to Board members to discuss your views and to offer your help as we chart this new direction for SEA.

In addition, we will be hosting numerous forums for SEA members to provide advice and counsel over the coming months. I am also always available to talk with any SEA member who has thoughts about the future of the SEA. My direct email is

I look forward to hearing from you and working with you as we build on the strong foundation that Jerry and Carol created.

For further information, take a look at SEA's white paper from 2008 for the new Administration's transition. The paper provides a comprehensive package that explains the issues affecting career executives and provides recommendations that were made in attempts to enable the Obama Administration to meet its objectives through partnership with the career executive service.


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