Zina Sutch, Ph.D.

Zina Sutch, Ph.D.

Assistant Administrator, Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights
Small Business Administration
 United States
Timezone: America/New_York

Dr. Sutch serves as the Assistant Administrator at the Small Business Administration, leading Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights efforts for SBA employees and Small Business Owners across the country. She previously led the efforts of developing government-wide policies and guidance to assist Federal agencies in building diverse workforces and inclusive and engaged organizational cultures that leverage diversity, and provided expert advisory services to Federal agencies undergoing cultural transformation in her role as Director of Diversity and Inclusion and then Deputy Associate Director of Outreach, Diversity Inclusion at the Office of Personnel Management. Prior to serving in this capacity, Dr. Sutch held the position of Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of the Executive Secretariat leading the Office in the oversight of all correspondence for USDA’s Secretary Vilsack. Prior to holding this position, Dr. Sutch served as USDA’s Director of Diversity, Recruitment and Work/Life, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration. In this role, she led the Department in the development and implementation of programs and policies that help ensure a modern, diverse, and inclusive workforce. She also oversaw accountability efforts for the Secretary’s Cultural Transformation initiative, analyzing data across categories that include diversity, hiring reform, training, and leadership, while focusing on employee engagement.

Prior to leading this Division, Dr. Sutch served as the Deputy Provost of USDA’s Virtual University and USDA’s Chief Training Officer. Her career at USDA began when she joined the Federal government as the Leadership Development Program Manager at USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service in 2006 and progressed to the Department level when she served as a Training Officer for the International Technology Services in the Office of the Chief Information Officer. She has been with the Federal government for over 10 years and has over 20 years of experience in the field of education and training in both the public and private sectors.

Dr. Sutch possesses a Ph.D. from the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Masters degree from the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University.

Her most recent publications include the ATD article “The Fear of Feedback”, February, 2019 and her new book, Leading With Love and Laughter, is projected for release by Barrett-Koehler and Penguin Random House Publishing in May 2021.

Date & Time (EDT) Title Role
Thursday, July 8, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Leading with Love and Laughter Presenter


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