This morning President Obama announced that he will nominate Katherine Archuleta for the Director of the Office of Personnel Management. Should she be confirmed, Archuleta would be the first Latina to head this agency. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the agency that manages the civil service of the federal government.
Archuleta played a key role in the Obama campaign in 2012 serving as the National Political Director. The Colorado native has a thirty year career of serving officials from the municipal to the federal level. Before jumping on the Obama re-election campaign, Archuleta was the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor, serving under Secretary Hilda Solis. (To learn more about Katherine Archuleta, read Politic365’s Sara Inés Calderón’s profile piece of her here.)
In announcing the nomination, President Obama said, “Katherine brings to the Office of Personnel Management broad experience and a deep commitment to recruiting and retaining a world-class workforce for the American people. I am grateful Katherine has agreed to serve, and I look forward to working with her in the coming years.”
This nomination highlights the significance of the Latino vote and the role that the Latino community played in getting President Obama re-elected. Obama won the Latino vote by over 44 percentage points in November, winning over 70 percent of the Latino community’s vote.