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About the Interim President

Cristina LopezBarbara J. DesMarteau was appointed by President Barack Obama as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) at the U.S. Department of Labor.  She was responsible for the overall management and administration of employment and training policies and programs.  As the Deputy Assistant Secretary she exercised executive direction of ETA’s programs supporting and directing the nation’s workforce system. 

Prior to the appointment, she served 11 years as the Director of the Adams County Community & Economic Opportunity Department that included the Workforce & Business Center, Community Development, and Head Start.  Adams County is located in the Denver, Colorado metro area and includes a population of over 420,000 residents.  The Community & Economic Opportunity Department was one of 8 cabinet level departments directly reporting to the Board of County Commissioners. 

Barbara also served as the Executive Director of the Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, a non-profit community based organization with several locations in Colorado.  Additionally, Barbara managed human services programs for the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Community Services Administration in Phoenix, Arizona.

Barbara completed the Senior Executive Program for State and Local officials at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.  She also completed the International Career Advancement Program at the University of Denver and the Head Start – Johnson & Johnson Fellows Program at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.  Barbara currently serves as an officer on the National Hispana Leadership Institute Board of Directors in Washington D.C.

Barbara attended graduate school at the University of Kansas, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.  Barbara is an alumnae member of the National Hispana Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C., a year-long leadership development program, which included training at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Center for Creative Leadership.


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