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2020-2021 Nomination Cycle Open! Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership

Nominations for the 2020-2021 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership are now open! Review the nomination package checklist below and submit via email.
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Nominations are Open! | Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership

Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership

Since 1978, the Roger W. Jones Award has honored and recognized federal career executives for the Senior Executive Service who have demonstrated dedication to superior leadership in achieving their agency's mission and nurturing future managers.

Award recipients are not only committed to mission success, but also inspire those they lead, consistent with the career of the extraordinary public servant for whom the Award is named.

Roger Jones (February 3, 1908 - May 28, 1993) served seven U.S. presidents over four decades, including tours as Deputy Secretary of State, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Chairman of the Civil Service Commission.

He extolled the importance of public administration and service, stressing the need to provide professional education for public managers.

Recipients of the Roger W. Jones Award will be honored in a ceremony hosted by American University during the Annual Key Executive Leadership Conference and receive a $2,500 cash award.

A virtual ceremony to celebrate the 2019-2020 awardees was hosted online on Oct. 21st, featuring a live awardee panel moderated by Sasha O'Connell.

More information about the 2020-2021 Roger W. Jones Award Ceremony is coming soon, so stay tuned! 

The 2020-2021 Nomination Cycle is now open! Submit your complete nomination form and package by June 1st to be considered for the award. Submissions and questions must be sent to

Before submitting, please be sure to review the nomination criteria, nomination form and package checklist

You can read more about the 2019-2020 Roger W. Jones Award Recipients and Nominators below! 

2020-2021 Roger W. Jones Award Nominations Open

Submit your nomination package for the 2020-2021 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership today! Email your complete nomination package to by June 1st.

Nomination Form & Checklist

2018 Roger Jones Awardees and their entourages.

2019-2020 Roger W. Jones Award

You can now watch the 42nd Annual Award Ceremony and listen to the Executive Leaders Podcast Series with the 2019-2020 Awardees online!

Congratulations 2019-2020 Roger W. Jones Awardees!

Eileen McDaniel

Eileen C. McDaniel
Executive Director, Office of Operations, Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals

Eileen McDaniel currently serves as the Executive Director for the Office of Management for the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, Ms. McDaniel serves as the Chief Financial Officer and principal advisor to the agency head overseeing budget and financial management, information technology, human capital, and training for OMHA’s eleven field offices and headquarters. Ms. McDaniel frequently serves as the senior OMHA representative for meetings hosted by the Office of Secretary HHS, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Personnel Management, Congressional oversight committees and stakeholder groups. Ms. McDaniel led OMHA’s $32M Electronic Case Adjudication Processing Environment initiative that transitioned the agency from a paper-based to electronic appeals process, improving the efficiency of operations for OMHA’s administrative law judges and legal staff handling the third level of review for Medicare appeals. She also serves as OMHA’s Deputy Ethics Counselor, overseeing the agency’s ethics program and ensuring compliance with all federal ethics requirements.

Prior to joining OMHA, Ms. McDaniel served as the Associate Commissioner for the Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), Office of Management. In this role, Ms. McDaniel provided administrative and management oversight for five headquarters divisions, ten regional offices and one hundred and forty-two hearing offices, in the areas of budget, audit, information technology, physical and systems security, human resources and training for 9,000 employees nationwide. 

During her tenure with ODAR, she oversaw the development and implementation of a case processing system, transitioning ODAR to an electronic disability claims process, converting more than 850K cases. She also partnered with the Center for Courtroom Technology at the College of William and Mary in the design and implementation of state of the art electronic hearing rooms that enabled digital recording of hearings and video teleconferencing for ODAR’s administrative law corp, the largest in the federal system.

Prior to SSA, Ms. McDaniel worked for the HHS Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Child Support Enforcement as the Deputy Associate Commissioner for Central Office Operations, where she was responsible for working with the Commissioner in implementing the child support enforcement provisions of welfare reform legislation, collective bargaining, strategic planning, and human capital management. Ms. McDaniel also represented the agency in meetings with the Secretary of HHS, the White House Domestic Policy Council, state child support directors, and national advocacy groups.

She is the recipient of the HHS Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for Sustained Excellence; the Social Security Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and the HHS, Child Support Enforcement Commissioner’s Distinguished Service Award.

Ms. McDaniel holds a Master of Social Work Administration degree from Fordham University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Salem State University.

Matthew Alessandrino

Matthew Alessandrino

Assistant Inspector General for Investigations
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Matthew Alessandrino is the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations. His office conducts criminal investigations and law enforcement operations throughout the United States. Mr. Alessandrino has served with the FDIC OIG since January 2002.  He supervises and oversees numerous open and closed bank investigations where allegations include the obstruction of bank examiners, bank fraud, securities fraud, bank embezzlement, misapplication, and money laundering.  Mr. Alessandrino and his staff routinely work in partnership with United States Attorney’s Offices, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, the Treasury Inspector General, the Internal Revenue Service–Criminal Investigation Division, other Offices of Inspector General, and other state and local law enforcement entities. Mr. Alessandrino has spent his entire federal career in the Inspector General community. He joined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission OIG in 1991 where he was responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, waste and abuse in that agency’s programs.  He then spent 6 years at the Social Security Administration OIG, beginning in 1996, where he served as Resident Agent-in-Charge of the Washington Field Office overseeing investigations relating to benefit fraud and identity theft. Mr. Alessandrino earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting and Finance from Saint Bonaventure University in 1989.  He has attended numerous training classes during his career, and completed a leadership program at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Center for Executive Leadership, Federal Executive Institute, in 2004. Over the years, he has been the recipient of several Awards for Excellence in Investigations from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.  He was also honored with a Meritorious Service Award while serving at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Kimberly Walton

Kimberly Walton
Executive Assistant Administrator
Transportation Security Administration

Kimberly Walton was named TSA’s Executive Assistant Administrator for Enterprise Support in June 2018. Walton is responsible for implementing processes that strengthen enterprise support services and driving efficiencies across TSA’s human resources, acquisition and procurement, training, logistics, and other critical enterprise support functions.

Enterprise Support provides services to 62,000 employees, manages 14,000 TSE nationwide to secure 2.2 million passengers; trained over 7900 new officers, spent 1.89 billion in contracting dollars; managed over 15,000 computers. Enterprise Support consist of 8 offices, 1900 employees and has a budget of 1.9 billion.

Enterprise Support oversees TSA’s offices of Human  Capital, Acquisition Program Management, Contracting and Procurement, Security & Administrative Services, Training and Development, Information Technology, Inspections and Professional Responsibility. Prior to this role, she served as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Civil Rights and Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement.

Prior to joining TSA, Walton served as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where she provided resource management support to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Before joining the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Walton was Director of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this role, she advised the Secretary of Commerce and other department senior staff on all equal employment opportunity, diversity and civil rights matters. She also chaired the department’s diversity council. Before joining Commerce, Walton was an attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Walton has received a Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Award for Diversity Management, TSA Silver Medal Award, TSA Core Values Award. Additionally, Walton received the TSA Trailblazer Award in recognition of pioneering efforts toward the advancement of women. While at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Walton received a Silver Medal Award and two Bronze Medals. She is also a graduate of the National and International Security Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Walton holds a law degree from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. She studied psychology at the University of Tennessee and organizational psychology at Columbia University.

Lois Greisman

Lois C. Greisman
Associate Director for Marketing Practices
The Federal Trade Commission

Lois C. Greisman heads the Division of Marketing Practices in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Under Ms. Greisman’s management, Marketing Practices leads the FTC’s law enforcement initiatives tackling telemarketing fraud (including Do Not Call/Robocall enforcement), fraudulent business and investment opportunity schemes (including multilevel marketing), mail fraud (including sweepstakes and lotteries), illegal spam, and Internet frauds (including technical support scams). Ms. Greisman also directs the FTC’s work to curb fraud in connection with different payment systems. Before joining Marketing Practices, Ms. Greisman headed the Division of Planning and Information, where she managed the FTC’s Identity Theft Program, the Consumer Response Center, and also supervised implementation of the National Do Not Call Registry. Previously, Ms. Greisman served as Chief of Staff to FTC Chairman Timothy J. Muris. She also served as Attorney Advisor to Chairman Robert Pitofsky and Chairman Janet D. Steiger. Ms. Greisman received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Brown University, and her law degree from George Washington University, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and Law Review.

Brad Bunn

Brad Bunn
Director, Human Resources 
Defense Logistics Agency

Brad Bunn, a member of the Senior Executive Service since November 2003, assumed the position of Human Resources Director, Defense Logistics Agency in October 2009. DLA Human Resources is dedicated to finding, hiring, training, and sustaining a mission-ready workforce for DLA and its Shared Services HR customers, using world-class policies, processes, programs, and tools. As Director of Human Resources, Bunn leads a team of close to 800 human resources, training, and administrative professionals to serve approximately 27,000 civilian and military employees within DLA.  In addition, DLA Human Resources provides human resources professional services to a number of Defense agencies and field activities, the Joint Staff, and U.S. Transportation Command, totaling more than 35,000 additional civilian employees supported.

Prior to his appointment to DLA, Bunn was the Program Executive Officer (PEO) for the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) where he led the policy and program office spearheading the design, development and implementation of NSPS throughout the Department of Defense.

Previously, Bunn was assigned to concurrent roles as NSPS Deputy PEO and as Director of the Defense Civilian Personnel Management Service (CPMS) (now Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service) from June 2005 to May 2008. As Director of CPMS, he assisted the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy in developing, implementing, and monitoring DoD civilian human resources policies and programs across the world. In this capacity he oversaw and managed DoD civilian personnel policy support, enterprise human resources information systems, and Department-wide civilian personnel administration for the military services and Defense agencies.

Bunn has received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive, the DLA Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Department of the Navy, the CPMS Exceptional Civilian Service Award, and the Department of Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

He was born and raised in northern Virginia, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

Meet the 2019-2020 Awardees' Nominators

Judge Nancy Griswold
Deputy Director
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Department of Labor

Nominated Eileen McDaniel

Nancy J. Griswold currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs. Prior to joining the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, she served for a decade as the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) at the Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she oversaw the third level review for Medicare appeals and had responsibility for the second largest Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) corps in the federal system. She led OMHA through a time of rapid expansion during which the agency doubled in size in response to growing receipt levels. During her tenure she also oversaw the development and implementation of a digital case processing system and standardized business process.

Judge Griswold graduated from Baylor University Law School and entered private practice as a labor lawyer in Dallas, Texas. She then moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where her general civil practice centered on personal injury, products liability and aircraft accident trial litigation. In 1990, she left private practice to assist in the development of the Louisiana's worker's compensation administrative court system. Judge Griswold became the first Chief Judge of the Louisiana Workers Compensation Court, a post she held for three years. During her tenure, Judge Griswold established and staffed the Office of the Chief Judge and created a Workers' Compensation Mediation Program for the State of Louisiana.

Since her appointment as a federal Administrative Law Judge in 1995, Judge Griswold has held progressively more responsible positions within the federal government. She began her federal career as an Administrative Law Judge in the Shreveport, Louisiana, Social Security Office of Hearings and Appeals in June of 1995. At the time of her appointment she was one of the youngest judges ever appointed as a Federal Administrative Law Judge. In January, 2002, she became the Hearing Office Chief Administrative Law Judge in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she continued to serve until her appointment as acting and then permanent Regional Chief Judge for the Boston Region in July of 2004. As Regional Chief Administrative Law Judge in Boston, Judge Griswold was the national lead for implementation of the Commissioner's Disability Service Improvement initiative at the hearings level. In this capacity, she oversaw the formulation of training, development of requirements for computer enhancements, and formulation of procedural rules and templates for the hearing operation. She also worked on the Medicare transition team, which developed recommendations for the smooth transition of the Medicare workload to the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals in July, 2005. Judge Griswold continued to serve in Boston until her appointment as Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration in December, 2006.

In her capacity as Deputy Chief, Judge Griswold served as alter ego for the Chief Administrative Law Judge and worked closely with him on the formulation of Social Security's extremely successful backlog elimination plan. During her tenure as Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge, the Social Security Administration reached new levels of productivity and prior to her departure had driven the backlog down for 14 successive months. She also had oversight of the Administrative Law Judge hiring program at Social Security and recommended over 300 Administrative Law Judges for appointment during her tenure. In her capacity as Deputy Chief, Judge Griswold served as subject matter expert during the design and implementation of five new state of the art video conferencing offices called the National Hearing Centers for Social Security's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review—based in large part upon the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals adjudication model for video teleconferencing hearing procedures. As Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge for Social Security, she assisted the Chief Judge in the management of over 8000 employees, including 1200 Administrative Law Judges and 142 hearing offices.

Judge Griswold is a member of the Texas, Louisiana and Colorado State Bar Associations.

Jay N. Lerner
Inspector General
Federal Deposit Insurance Corportation

Nominated Matthew Alessandrino

Jay N. Lerner was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Inspector General for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and he was sworn in as the third Presidentially-appointed FDIC Inspector General on January 9, 2017.

As Inspector General, Mr. Lerner leads an Office whose mission is to detect and deter waste, fraud, and abuse at the FDIC, and to promote economy and efficiency within the Corporation. He oversees a nationwide workforce of approximately 140 investigators, auditors, evaluators, and other professional staff, with an annual budget of approximately $43 million. The Office conducts reviews and makes recommendations for improvements in the FDIC’s operations and programs, and investigates significant matters of criminal and administrative misconduct so as to help preserve the integrity of the banking sector and protect the savings of individuals, families, and businesses.

Mr. Lerner holds several leadership positions in the IG community. He serves as Vice Chair of the Legislation Committee of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) and Vice Chair of CIGIE’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work Group. He is also a Member of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, an independent oversight committee within CIGIE created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. This Committee funds provided by the CARES Act and other promotes related emergency spending bills.

Mr. Lerner previously worked as the Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel at the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General. In this role, he provided leadership in the strategic and policy direction for the Office, as well as input into the overall planning, operations, and management of the Office, including all five of its divisions. Mr. Lerner also worked with Department leadership on various matters, oversaw Congressional relations for the Office, and managed liaison relations with other Inspectors General and oversight bodies.

Prior to this position, Mr. Lerner was Assistant Chief in the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division at DOJ, where he provided guidance and counsel on financial fraud efforts and enforcement initiatives. In addition, he has held several other senior positions, including as Associate General Counsel for Strategic Oversight and Review, and Chief Counsel for Security at the Department of Homeland Security Office of the General Counsel, and Deputy Chief Counsel (Criminal Enforcement) at the Transportation Security Administration.

Mr. Lerner was also a prosecutor in the Criminal Division at DOJ, during which time he worked on banking and money laundering cases, and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. He also served as an overseas Legal Advisor providing training to foreign prosecutors and as Counsel for Multilateral Affairs. Mr. Lerner has taught several courses on criminal law and law enforcement issues at the George Washington University, National Advocacy Center, and elsewhere. Mr. Lerner earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, and he passed the Certified Public Accountant Examination.

David Pekoske
Administrator, Transportation Security Administration

Nominated Kimberly Walton

David Pekoske was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Transportation Security Administration’s seventh administrator in August 2017. He leads a workforce of approximately 60,000 employees, including the Federal Air Marshal Service, and is responsible for security operations at nearly 450 airports throughout the United States and shared security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines. Under his leadership, TSA is working continuously to raise the security baseline for both aviation and surface transportation through close partnerships and alliances, and a robust homeland security network. Before joining TSA, Pekoske was an executive in the government services industry where he led teams that provided counterterrorism, security and intelligence support services to government agencies. Most notably, Pekoske served as the 26th Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard culminating a Coast Guard career that included extensive operational and command experience. As the Vice Commandant, Pekoske was second in command, also serving as Chief Operating Officer and Component Acquisition Executive of the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a recognized expert in crisis management, strategic planning, innovation and port and maritime security. Pekoske holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. His awards include the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation and Achievement Medals.

Joseph Simons
Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
Nominated Lois Greisman

Joseph J. Simons was sworn in as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission on May 1, 2018.

Before joining the Commission, Joe was a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s Antitrust Group. His practice there focused on antitrust M&A, litigation, and counseling.

Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, he was the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition from 2001 until 2003, and he also served an earlier stint at the Bureau of Competition from 1987 to 1989 as Assistant to the Director, then Assistant Director for Evaluation, and finally Associate Director for Mergers.

Along with a former chief economist of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Joe developed “Critical Loss Analysis,” a technique for market definition that has been adopted and used widely by the Antitrust Division, the FTC, and the U.S. Court of Appeals. It has also been incorporated into the DOJ/FTC Horizontal Merger Guidelines.

He received his A.B. in Economics and History from Cornell University in 1980 and his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983.

Joe lives in Virginia with his wife, Martha. They have six children between them.

LTG Darrell Williams 
US Army Retired & 
Former Director, Defense Logistics Agency
Nominated Brad Bunn

Lieutenant General (LTG) Darrell K. Williams, U.S. Army Retired, is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida. He is a May 1983 Distinguished Military Graduate of the Hampton Institute Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hampton.  LTG (R) Williams holds a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University; a Master of Military Art and Science Degree from the School of Advanced Military Studies, United States Army Combined and General Staff College; and a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University.

In August of 2020, LTG (R) Williams culminated a 37-year military career while serving as the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency. He led a workforce of over 26,000 civilian and military personnel and provided global logistics support to all U.S. military services, designated partners and allies, and 42 U.S. whole of government partners and federal agencies.

In addition to assignments throughout the Continental United States, LTG (R) Williams served extensively in Europe, the Pacific and the Middle East. He deployed to Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq, and he supported historic, large-scale sustainment and drawdown operations in Afghanistan. He has a proven track record of successfully leading large, complex military and predominantly Department of Defense civilian organizations.

LTG (R) Williams’ professional affiliations include membership in the following organizations: National Association of Corporate Directors, National Defense Transportation Association, Association of the United States Army, Association of the United States Army, ROCKS, Incorporated; Alpha the Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.


Roger W. Jones Award Selection Committee 

Dr. Patrick Malone
Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs; Roger W. Jones Award Committee Chair, School of Public Affairs, American University

David S. C. Chu
President, Institute for Defense Analyses; Co-Chairman, Transition 2017, National Academy of Public Administration

Ed Deseve
Co-Chairman, Transition 2017, National Academy of Public Administration; Executive in Residence, Brookings Executive Education; former Special Adviser to the President

Mortimer Downey
President, Mort Downey Consulting, LLC; National Academy of Public Administration Fellow; former Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation

Terry Gerton
President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration

Sallyanne Harper
Past President, Association of Federal Enterprise Risk Management; National Academy of Public Administration Fellow; Member Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board

David Mader
Civilian Sector Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte

Bob Tobias
Distinguished Practitioner in Residence; Former Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs