TSA Executive Assistant Administrator (EAA) Kimberly Walton is a 2020 recipient of the prestigious Roger W. Jones Award.
Acknowledged as a champion of professional education for public managers, Roger W. Jones served seven U.S. Presidents over 43 years. Annual recipients of the American University Key Executive Leadership Program award bearing his name further agency mission, as well as excel in developing and inspiring those around them.
As EAA of Enterprise Support, Walton strategically positions the agency to achieve mission success and encourages participative management. She is responsible for Human Resources, Acquisition, Training, Logistics and Administration Support Services. Prior to this role, she served as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Civil Rights and Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement.
“Kim is a pillar of the TSA community, serving as President of our Women Executives at TSA, an employee advocacy group devoted to developing future leaders and supporting causes like combating violence against women,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske in his recorded introduction for the virtual award ceremony Wednesday evening. “Kim is recognized agency wide for her contribution and commitment to mentorship, her approachability and her passion for and commitment to our important transportation security mission.”
Walton develops a motivating environment and a stabilizing influence during periods of organizational change, a skill which has served the agency well during this pandemic season of change.
Previous awards include a DHS Secretary’s Award for Diversity Management, TSA Silver Medal Award and the TSA Core Values Award. Additionally, Walton received the TSA Trailblazer Award in recognition of pioneering efforts toward the advancement of women.
Recently, Walton was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Throughout her career, Walton has been committed to sustained, long-term success. Prior to joining TSA, Walton served at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and U.S. Department of Commerce.
In accepting the Roger W. Jones Award, Walton joins fellow esteemed federal agency leaders who excel in advancing excellence in organizational development and are committed to effective continuity in government.
In congratulating Walton on her award, Pekoske echoed the sentiments of a grateful agency by saying, “I speak for the entirety of TSA, how proud we are of your achievement and how honored we are to serve alongside you.”