At a Glance
- Career History:
Member of Agency Review Team,
Presidential Transition Team; Senior Vice President for Operations, National Association of Mortgage Brokers; Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals; Director, Federal Housing Administration's Office of Insured Health Care Facilities, Department of
Housing and Urban Development
Office of Presidential Personnel, White House
; Deputy Director, Office of Personnel Management; Professor, Yale University
- Hometown: New York City, N.Y.
- Alma Mater: Two graduate degrees from Yale University; bachelor's degree from Hunter College, 1977
- Spouse: Awilda Rodriguez-Sepulveda
- DC Office: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20420
- Web site
Path to Power
Sepulveda, a native of New York City, earned his bachelor's degree from Hunter College in 1977. He then attended Yale University, where he earned two master's degrees before teaching political science at the Ivy League school.
His professional career then moved to the real-estate industry. Sepulveda held several key positions for industry groups, such as senior vice president for operations at the National Association of Mortgage Brokers.
To support the stated goal of transforming VA, the department needs to "invest in civil servants to better serve our veterans now and to support the transformation of the department," Sepulveda told a Senate panel in May 2009.
He said that investment has to include expanding training opportunities for employees, including managers, using a broad spectrum of delivery systems and media. He has also called for greater use of automation and technology to better manage all personnel actions, including hiring, performance evaluations, employee benefits and records.
At the VA, Sepulveda will work closely with its top leadership, including Secretary Eric Shinseki, Tammy Duckworth, Scott Gould, Roger Baker, and Robert Petzel.
The Center for Responsive Politics does not list any political donations made by Sepulveda.