Beth Cobert was appointed in April 2017 as Chief Executive Officer of Skillful, an initiative of the Markle Foundation. Skillful is a central part of Markle’s work to transition to a skills-based labor market that puts Americans on better career paths by focusing on the skills needed for today’s jobs. Beth is leading Markle’s collaboration with employers, educators, state government, and others to help job seekers keep up with the transformations automation and technology are bringing to jobs in the digital economy.
Before joining Skillful, Beth served as Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management under President Obama. When Beth joined OPM in 2015, her key priority was addressing the major cyber intrusion of the Office of Personnel Management that compromised personal information of more than 20 million people. During her leadership, OPM made significant progress by embracing new tools and technology and doubling down on the agency’s focus on customer service and cybersecurity. At OPM, she also led initiatives to improve employee engagement, enhance the Senior Executive Service (SES), and recruit and retain a talented and diverse Federal workforce.
She came to OPM from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she served as the Deputy Director for Management and the U.S. Chief Performance Officer starting in October 2013. At OMB, she led the efforts to drive the President’s Management Agenda to make government more effective and efficient so it can deliver better, faster, and smarter services to citizens and businesses. Under Beth’s leadership, the Administration made progress on efforts to modernize the management of Federal information technology, improve citizen-facing services, and strengthen cybersecurity across Federal systems.
Before joining the Federal government, Beth worked for nearly 30 years at McKinsey & Company as a Senior Partner in their New York and San Francisco offices. She worked with clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, health care, real estate, telecommunications, and philanthropy. She also championed efforts to support the advancement of women into leadership positions and was one of the first to pursue a part-time program and be elected Senior Partner while working part-time.
Beth is currently a member of the Board of Directors of CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), the world’s leading commercial real estate services and investment company and member of the Princeton University Board of Trustees. Beth also previously served as a Board member and Board Chair of the United Way of the Bay Area and as a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.
Beth received a bachelor’s degree in economics with high honors from Princeton University in 1980 and an MBA from Stanford University with honors in 1984. She and her husband have two children and currently reside in Denver, CO.