Meet the Team
Who Are We?
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, Acting Team
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 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 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
Have questions or comments?
Presidential Management Fellows Program
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street, NW, Room 6500
Washington, DC 20415
(Application and Assessment Inquiries)