A Turkish American Appointed To High State Office
Esra Özben was appointed Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary (ADAS) for Human Resources Operations by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki on December 5, 2010.
In this capacity, she advises and works closely
with the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Human Resources
Management, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources &
Administration in managing day-to-day HR operations. As
ADAS, Ms. Özben provides leadership and oversight for
five HR service organizations: Central Office Human
Resources (COHRS), Human Resources Information, Veterans
Employment Coordination, Resources Management and Child
A native if Istanbul, Turkey, Ms Özben graduated from Ankara State Conservatory, where she was trained as a classical ballerina. Upon graduation, Ms. Özben performed with several dance companies in Europe before moving to U.S. where she started her Federal career as Department of the Army HR intern.
Ms. Özben has over 20 years of experience in the
human resources profession. Prior to her SES
appointment, she served as the Director of VA Central
Office Human Resources Service (CHORS) where she managed
and oversaw the day-to-day HR operations for Central
Office and led COHRS' Human Capital Investment Plan
initiatives. Immediately prior to her VA career, Ms.
Özben served in several senior leadership positions in
Department of Transportation (Federal Aviation
Administration), Department of Treasury (Internal
Revenue Service), and Headquarters, Department of the
Ms. Özben obtained her HR Certificate from University of Virginia and graduated from the Federal Executive Institute, Leadership for a Democratic Society program. Her many recognitions and awards include Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service and Department of Transportation, Secretary's Award for Partnering for Excellence.
Ms. Özben has been a model citizen and ATAA is proud to have her as a member wishing her much success in future.
As a part of the ATAA's Community Information Service (CIS), the ATAA Executive Committee has decided to run the ATAA StarTURK program to recognize and commend successful Turkish Americans in the sciences, medicine, arts, business, literature, politics, sports and general vocations. We invite the Turkish American community to participate in this program by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org regarding successful Turkish Americans in your communities.