Keynote Presenters

Christine Major

Christine Major

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources
Chief Human Capital Officer

HHS Office of the Secretary

Christine M. Major currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Chief Human Capital Officer in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Ms. Major was also designated as the Senior Accountable Official for the 2016 HHS implementation of the SES Reform Executive Order.

Ms. Major has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resource field at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and HHS. Prior to her current role, Christine served as the HHS Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration and as the Director of Human Resources for the National Institutes of Health. Ms. Major directed the activities of five separate divisions and over 300 staff members, comprising the full range of Human Resource functions including recruitment, HR Systems, employee/labor relations, benefits, policy and training and development.

Ms. Major holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland.


Max Stiier

Max Stier

President and CEO
Partnership for Public Service

Max is the founding president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. Under his leadership, the Partnership has been widely praised as a first-class nonprofit organization and thought leader on federal government management issues.

Max has worked previously in all three branches of the federal government. In 1982, he served on the personal staff of Congressman Jim Leach. Max clerked for Chief Judge James Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1992 and clerked for Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court in 1994. Between these two positions, Max served as Special Litigation Counsel to Assistant Attorney General Anne Bingaman at the Department of Justice.

In 1995, Max joined the law firm of Williams & Connolly where he practiced primarily in the area of white collar defense.

Max comes most recently from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, having served as the Deputy General Counsel for Litigation.

A graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School, Max is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration, the Administrative Conference of the United States and the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College.


Julie Broussard Berko

Julie Broussard Berko

Acting Director of the Office of Human Resources

Julie has been the Deputy Director of the Office of Human Resources since September of 2015. She was previously the Director of the Workforce Relations Division in the Office of Human Resources from December 2008 through September 2015. In that role, she managed NIH-wide employee life-cycle program programs, to include: employee and labor relations, performance management and incentive awards, employee benefits and retirement, leave administration, workers’ compensation, and processing and payroll functions. She is known for being an active member of the NIH community, having previously been a member of the NIH Child Care Board and NIH Health and Wellness Council, as well as many other committees and crossorganizational collaborations. Before coming to NIH, Julie managed these same programs at the Federal Aviation Administration. She also served as an Investigator with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel investigating Hatch Act violations, and PPP complaints. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Howard University and Master of Public Administration from American University.

HHS HR Clinic

April 3-4, 2018

National Institutes of Health