Dr. Zina Sutch serves as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Civil Rights. In this role, Dr. Sutch will serve as the principal agency advisor for transforming ODI&CR programs and providing strategic direction to the Administrator and other agency officials. She will be responsible for managing, directing, and coordinating a variety of high-level projects and policy issues to ensure maximum support of ODI&CR operations. As Assistant Administrator for ODI&CR, she will be responsible for carrying out the civil rights responsibilities under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and applicable Executive Orders, including investigations, negotiations, and compliance activities.
Dr. Sutch joins SBA from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), where she served as the Deputy Associate Director, Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion. In this position, she served as an advisor to government-wide leaders, Agency Heads, Diversity Officers, Human Resources Directors, and senior leaders providing policy, guidance, management, budget, and technical assistance on diversity and inclusion matters. She conducted analysis and research on cross-functional recruitment and retention, talent management, workforce planning, and employee inclusion and, ultimately, engagement efforts.
Prior to this position, she served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at OPM, where she developed 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 this role, Dr. Sutch developed, implemented, and coordinated the government-wide diversity and inclusion strategic plan in support of the Administration's policy.
In addition to her experience, she has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from Clark University, a Master of Arts in Special Education from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education from the University of Maryland.