Chief Human Capital Officer
Roland Edwards provides authoritative advice and guidance to all Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Components on the full range of human resources (HR) functional areas as the DHS Chief Human Capital Officer.
Mr. Edwards was previously the DHS Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer. As the Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer, his primary focus areas included Human Resources Management and Services (provides HR services to Headquarters organizations), diversity and inclusion, internal operations, privacy and engagement initiatives within the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO). Mr. Edwards was responsible for leading the Department thru the COVID-19 pandemic and stood up the Department’s Volunteer Force which supports Customs and Border Protection efforts along the Southwest Border, Operation Allies Welcome supporting Afghan resettlement and the Department of Health and Human Services unaccompanied children mission.
Prior to serving as DHS Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer, he was the Deputy Director, Human Resources Management and Services (HRMS) for DHS Headquarters in OCHCO. As the Deputy Director, he provided oversight of all of the HR functional areas and overall management of HRMS. In addition, Mr. Edwards focused on oversight of the Executive Services team, Business Analytics team and the Learning and Development Institute.
He also served as the Deputy Director, Executive Resources in OCHCO. In this role, he assisted the Director in managing all aspects of performance for the team and workload. This included Senior Executive Service (SES) staffing for Department-wide and headquarters organizations, political staffing, executive (SES, Senior Level – SL, and Scientific and Professional – ST) policy, SES/SL/ST performance management system certification, annual SES/SL/ST performance management, Presidential Rank Award nominations, and biennial allocations of new SES/SL/ST positions.
Prior to DHS, Mr. Edwards worked at the Office of Personnel Management as a manager in the government-wide SES office and served as an Associate Director in Human Resources for the Millennium Challenge Corporation. He received his Bachelor of Science and master’s degree from the University of Maryland.