Executive Officer

Catherine V. Emerson has been serving as the Civil Division’s Executive Officer since January 2016. Ms. Emerson is responsible for overseeing the Division’s Office of Management Programs (OMP) office, which includes HR services, facilities, procurement, litigation support, e-discovery, budget and finance, FOIA and privacy, records, training and technology in support of the Civil Division mission.

Before joining DOJ, Ms. Emerson served as the Department of Homeland Security’s Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) from the time of her appointment in August 2011. Ms. Emerson also previously held the positions of Deputy and Assistant Administrator for Human Resource Management at the Federal Aviation Administration from October 2009 until July 2011.

She also served as the Director of Policy and Performance Management/Chief Human Capital Officer while employed at the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), and as the Acting Executive Director.  From July 2008 to October 2008, she served as the FLRA’s administrative head in absence of a presidentially appointed Chairman. Prior to joining the FLRA, Ms. Emerson served as an Assistant Director in the Office of Human Resources, Justice Management Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

Ms. Emerson holds a B.A. and J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars.

Updated February 11, 2020