Absala Mengestab serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the DC Department of Human Resources (DCHR). In this role, Ms. Mengestab directs DCHR's information technology (IT) modernization projects, ensures information security, and promotes operational service delivery. She is responsible for planning, developing, and managing agency-wide IT related services -ultimately advancing the mission critical work that DCHR delivers to District residents and employees.
Ms. Mengestab joined DCHR in 2016 as Program Manager under the Policy and Compliance Administration. In this role, she led automation efforts for the District’s employment suitability program streamlining the background check and drug and alcohol screening protocols. Prior to joining District government, Ms. Mengestab has served in a variety of IT positions both in public and private sectors where she achieved transformational results building and implementing enterprise-wide, customer-focused technical solutions. She has over 10 years of progressive experience in system administration, operations and program management.
Ms. Mengestab earned her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Maryland, College Park and Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from University of Maryland, University College. She also holds numerous industry certifications including Scaled Agile for Enterprise (SAFE),Lean Six Sigma (LSS BB) and Certified Public Manager (CPM) through George Washington University.
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