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Monday, November 30, 2015

About Us

Meet the Team

Who Are We?

Sydney Heimbrock

Dr. Sydney Heimbrock, Executive Director

Sydney leads the PMF Program as part of OPM's Center for Leadership Development.  Sydney's passion is building an innovative public sector workforce through strategic human capital initiatives.  Sydney also serves as Executive Director of OPM's Innovation Lab and Provost of HR University.  Before joining the PMF team, Sydney led OPM's Strategic Workforce Planning efforts to close government-wide skills gaps through evidence-based initiatives.  Prior to joining OPM, she led the U.S. Department of Labor's International Technical Cooperation Program, partnering with international organizations to build strong workforce policies and programs worldwide.  Sydney holds degrees from Stanford, Syracuse, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Miami University of Ohio.  She is a frequent speaker and published researcher in workforce development and evidence-based policy making.  Sydney spends her personal time supporting her two daughters' exploration of their creative, intellectual, and spiritual selves.  

Rob Timmins

Rob Timmins, Acting Team Leader

Rob first started his Federal career at the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command and a year later transferred to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). During his 20+ year history with OPM, Rob worked on Government-wide programs such as the National Security Education Program, Scholarship for Service, and the former Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program, which is now the PMF Program. He has been a member of the PMF Program Office for 10+ years and serves as the lead on policy, guidance, and changes in participant status. In addition, Rob was a Search and Rescue Officer with the Civil Air Patrol and a Police Officer with the Fairfax County Police Department in the Commonwealth of Virginia for 5 years. Rob is the oldest of 6, is married to his husband, Jeff, and lives in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC.

Deidre Sexton

Deidre Sexton

Deidre joined the PMF Program staff in May 2010. She came from the Defense Contract Management Agency where she was the Program Manager of the Tomorrow's Leaders Initiative. Deidre has over 20 years of service with the Federal Government where she has worked in the areas of publications, public affairs, and human resources. Deidre is the lead for training and development of PMFs.



Channing Martin

Channing joined the PMF Program Office in August 2013 after graduating with a Master's of Science in Public Policy and Management from Heinz College Carnegie Mellon University. Channing serves as the lead on the assessment process and program financials. Prior to her work in the PMF Program Office, she was a student intern at OPM in the Senior Executive Resources and CHCO Council Offices. Channing is genuinely committed to the recruitment and retention of quality talent to the Federal Government and excited to be a member of the PMF team.

What Do We Do?

  • Perform overall management of the PMF Program.
  • Develop strategies for attracting and recruiting graduate students with diverse backgrounds into the PMF Program.
  • Develop and conduct a rigorous application, assessment, and selection process to determine a pool of Finalists.
  • Market the PMF Program to Federal agencies and departments and to accredited graduate schools.
  • Provide structured development programs and activities including orientation and training sessions.
  • Serve as a conduit for effective communication among all members of the PMF Program community: Agency PMF Coordinators, hiring officials, supervisors, educational institutions, assessors, applicants, and Fellows.
  • Provide agencies with access to systems and information needed to administer the Program in their agency.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the PMF Program.

In general, we help to bring the best new leaders into the Federal Government!

Contact Us

Have questions or comments?

Mailing Address:
Presidential Management Fellows Program
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street, NW, Room 6500
Washington, DC 20415

Email Addresses: (General Inquiries) (Application and Assessment Inquiries)

UPDATED: 10-20-2015