What We Do
We recognize that the success of our mission relies on the passion and commitment of the talented people who work for NOAA Fisheries. The Office of Human Capital Management aims to improve all aspects of employee engagement across the agency. We provide headquarters-level planning, development, implementation, direction, and oversight of NOAA Fisheries' human capital management guidance, programs, initiatives, and systems. Our primary functions and programs include: awards, training, performance management, executive resources, strategic workforce planning, telework, workforce reporting and analytics, and organizational changes.
Michelle Arias joined NOAA Fisheries as the new Director of the Office of Human Capital Management in September 2019 from the State Department. She began her work in human capital management in 2012 and has served as Deputy Director for HR Recruitment, HR Policy Coordination, and HR Shared Services. She has a Master’s degree in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Louisiana State University.