by Jasmine Phiri
July 30, 2021
Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,
Allegheny Health Network
Veronica Villalobos is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at the Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Institute for Equitable Health. She strives to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce, to ensure clinical programs are accessible to all, and to address health disparities among patients and within communities across western Pennsylvania. She is responsible for the execution of all aspects of the AHN DEI Strategic Plan, as well as strategic initiatives related to Highmark’s Health Equity Campaign to include establishing AHN as an Anchor Network Institution and a hub of world-class health equity research.
Veronica Villalobos formerly served as the Principal Deputy Associate Director for Employee Services (ES) at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and was selected for the Senior Executive Service in 2010. Her responsibilities included formulating and implementing human capital strategies and policies to support Federal agencies in meeting their missions. In her role leading the Strategic Workforce Planning Center, she drove efforts to advance evidence-based human capital management through strategic foresight, futuring methods, analytics and research. Her leadership in this area enabled the Federal Government to better shape an informed Human Capital policy agenda by anticipating drivers that influenced and impacted the Federal workforce and tested and evaluated new approaches to create effective initiatives and solutions. She also oversaw the division’s performance on key strategic goals like the President’s Management Agenda Workforce for the 21st Century (including reskilling, performance management and engagement, and simple and strategic hiring), and building a modern IT workforce.
Ms. Villalobos spearheaded the first government-wide D&I effort for a workforce of 2.1 million, serving as the first Director of OPM’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In that role, she led efforts and met the government’s goal of hiring over 100,000 employees with disabilities within 5 years to enable agencies to better meet their missions. She also created and drove transformative change government-wide with transformative tools that assists organizations in addressing unconscious bias using metrics and the development of practical skills that foster fair, open, cooperative, supportive, and empowered workplaces. Through her efforts, the Federal Government implemented the first Government-wide D&I Strategic Plan, resulting in the historically highest level of employment of women and minorities in the workforce with an increase of 10.4 percent in the Senior Executive Service.
Before joining OPM, Ms. Villalobos worked at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as one of the agency’s first Honor Program Attorneys. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, and earned her law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law. She is a member of the Maryland Bar and serves on the Board of The Epilepsy Association of Western Central Pennsylvania.