Dr. Sharla P. Rausch currently serves on the Women in Homeland Security Board of Directors. She recently retired from the Federal Government after 27 years of service, last serving as the Deputy Director for the Office of National Laboratories, where she was responsible for an extensive network of Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology laboratories focused on countering chemical, biological, radioactive nuclear, and explosives terrorism.
She also served as the first Director of the Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences Division of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, which applied social, behavioral, and physical sciences to improving identification and analysis of threats, enhancing societal resilience, and integrating human capabilities into the development of technology. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service for career Federal employees in October 2006 and in 2010 received the prestigious Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award for sustained accomplishments.
Prior to joining DHS in 2003, Dr. Rausch held federal research, management, and leadership positions with the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, and Federal Bureau of Prisons.