About the Expert
Sherry Van Sloun most recently served as assistant director of national intelligence for human capital (ADNI/HC) since October 2019. In this position, Ms. Van Sloun led the design, development, and execution of human capital strategies, plans, and policies in support of the women and men who serve in our nation’s intelligence agencies.
Prior to this, Ms. Van Sloun was the deputy assistant director of national intelligence for human capital and the U.S. intelligence community’s deputy chief human capital officer from June 2016. Before her current position, Ms. Van Sloun was the director of human resources for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) where she led a large office of HR professionals to execute recruitment and retention of the best and brightest employees to carry out the ODNl’s mission.
Ms. Van Sloun joined the ODNI in July 2007 and was selected as the chief of staff (COS) of the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX) in 2009. As COS, Ms. Van Sloun managed coordination on substantive CI issues as well as all financial, personnel, property, and the information technology enterprise. She also served as the executive secretary where she managed all correspondence to and from the National Counterintelligence Executive and led the National Counterintelligence Policy Board. Ms. Van Sloun held several other positions within the ONCIX such as all source collection officer and policy officer.
Preceding her tenure at the ODNI, Ms. Van Sloun held various positions over the course of ten years with the National Security Agency (NSA), which included multiple assignments within the former Signals Intelligence Directorate. Ms. Van Sloun also served in the U.S. Army for eight years as a signals analyst serving in tours at the NSA and overseas in the Berlin Brigade during the first Gulf War.
Ms. Van Sloun received a bachelor of science in political science from the University of Maryland. She is also a graduate of the National War College, class of 2013.
Education in science, technology, engineering, and math is critical, but the United States needs a balanced approach in building the workforce of the future.