Bill Valdez

Message from Your SEA President

SEA’s six new Communities of Change are prepared for liftoff in September…and we want you there at the launch.

When I became President of the Senior Executives Association in September 2016, I conducted a listening tour that included over 100 organizations and dozens of SEA members.   The most common request I heard was to develop ways for senior career leaders to become engaged in important Washington policy debates.  To help make career leaders a part of the solution to difficult challenges facing career leaders.  And to bring the wisdom and experience of career leaders to the halls of Congress and to the Administration.

Our answer?  Communities of Change in Acquisition, Cybersecurity, Fiscal Accountability, Governance Innovation, Human Capital Leadership, and National Security.  We announced the formation of the Communities in May, have been signing up members since then, and have now completed the selection of the co-chairs who will lead the six Communities.

August is usually the slow season in Washington.  Congress is on recess.  Many of the hallways at Federal agencies are quiet as feds try to squeeze in a few extra days at the pool or the beach.  City streets are less crowded and schools are vacant.

At SEA, however, we are working overtime to launch the Communities in September.  We are holding planning meetings with Community Co-Chairs in August to map out the agenda for each Community over the next year.  This is preparatory to all six of the Communities holding their first meetings in September and begin working on transformative projects and issues. 

  • The Human Capital Leadership Community is focused on building leadership as a profession within the Federal government.
  • The National Security Community will look at the “force of the future.”
  • The Cyber Community is preparing a “Cyber Handbook” that contains all of the information and strategies a non-cyber career leader needs to know to be a successful program leader.
  • The Fiscal Accountability Community will examine how to appropriately manage risk.
  • The Governance Innovation Community is focused on how to develop accountability frameworks for programs and staff that incentivize risk while rewarding high performance.
  • The Acquisition Community will examine ways to transform acquisition processes using new technology and adapting best practices from the private sector and leading public sector institutions.

It’s not too late to join in on the fun.   During the month of August, we will be issuing Member Alerts that identify the Community Co-Chairs and the date/location of their first meetings.  

If you haven’t signed up already for a Community, please go to and choose the one you wish to be a part of. We very much want your advice, your counsel and your participation in these Communities because we know they will only be as successful if you participate fully.


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