Strategic Leader, Advisor, and Change Agent in Washington, DC
Bernetta Reese is an accomplished leader with over a decade of experience in leadership, strategic communications, technology, innovation, and Federal policy and best practices.
Bernetta manages interagency collaboration, digital technology, data and analytics, and high-level priorities for the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she is engaged in department- and federal-wide initiatives while serving as lead for USDA’s 30+ agencies and offices, and as an emergency response official. In 2016, she served on detail as the Acting Digital Director for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management where she oversaw all of the agency’s digital platforms while working to highlight the Federal workforce and initiatives across government.
In 2015, Bernetta served on detail through GSA's Open Opportunities program with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she served as lead for the design and development team that built the first-ever Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit. Bernetta also served on detail with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as the acting Web and New Media Manager and established digital policies and launched digital channels for the new Federal agency.
Prior to USDA, Bernetta led critical web efforts and provided emergency web response for the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. With more than 16 years of public service, she has served throughout the Federal government managing digital teams and initiatives with outstanding achievements and award-winning results.
Bernetta has also played a key role in public-facing digital campaigns with the White House, the U.S. Department of State, OPM, GSA and NASA. She routinely speaks at public and private-industry events, most recently with ACT-IAC, the Partnership for Public Service, GovLoop, Potomac Forum, the U.S. Access Board, AFCEA Bethesda, and the National Defense University.
Bernetta enjoys innovating and engaging communities while working to advance the mission and priorities of Federal agencies.