JOLISA WEBB DUDLEY
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, OUTREACH AND RETENTION
Department of Veterans Affairs
Jolisa Webb Dudley is a decorated Veteran and retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force (USAF). She has more than 30 years of executive, analytical, and leadership expertise in strategic human resources management and services, with demonstrated success in the areas of command and control, communications, information management, personnel, training, protocol, and military equal opportunity.
Ms. Dudley has held a variety of key leadership positions, including Executive Officer, Squadron Section Commander, Chief, Military Personnel, and Chief Air and Commander, Military Training, where she was responsible for the health, morale, welfare, and military training of 500-plus non-prior service airmen.
Ms. Dudley has eight years of experience working for the Department of Defense (DoD), Headquarters (HQ), USAF, and Defense Agency staffs, emphasizing leadership skills, long-range planning, and organizational management. A former Director, Ceremonies and Protocol, she is also a recognized Air Force ceremonies expert, having served as the office of primary responsible for White House, State Department, DoD, HQ USAF ceremonies involving the Vice President, Secretaries of State and Defense, foreign Heads of State, senior DoD and USAF leaders.
In 2004, Ms. Dudley was handpicked by the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs as Air Force representative for the high-profile Joint Task Force, Congressionally-mandated to develop comprehensive sexual assault prevention and response policy for DoD. As the Operations Officer, she was directly responsible for authoring the first-ever DoD Directive and Instruction on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. She also authored and gained the Secretary of Defense’s approval for the historic and nationally acclaimed policy to allow confidential reporting of sexual assault within the military.
Ms. Dudley is currently employed as a senior leader for the Department of Veterans Affairs where she has held numerous assignments to include the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Director, Strategic Communications and Outreach for OHRM, and the Associate Director, Outreach and Retention Division, Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Ms. Dudley received her B.S. in criminal justice from Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL, and her M.S. in human resource management from Troy State University Montgomery. She has also completed numerous professional development and leadership courses, to include Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery, AL, as well as the Senior Executive Assessment Program in Denver, CO.