Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Teresa W. Gerton
Teresa W. Gerton began June 17 as the department's new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Veterans' Employment and Training Service. Ms. Gerton brings 28 years of service as both an active duty Army officer and a civilian member of the Senior Executive Service. She has a broad range of experience in all aspects of Defense resource and logistics management at various organizational levels, driving process efficiencies and optimizing information systems.
Most recently, Ms. Gerton worked for The Cohen Group, a Washington, DC consulting company. Prior to joining Cohen, she served for eight years as a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Department of Defense. Most recently, she was the Executive Deputy to the Commanding General of Army Materiel Command. There, she was responsible for the daily operations of over 70,000 civilian and 1,500 military employees around the world. Prior to that, she served as AMC's financial controller for three years. She also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Program Analysis and Evaluation where she was responsible for executing all aspects of the development of the OSD Future Years Defense Plan and submitting the plan to Congress.
Ms. Gerton's twenty years of military service included a variety of staff and leadership positions, including the Executive Officer for the Army's largest battalion (a 1200-soldier corps support maintenance battalion at Fort Hood), Professor of Economics at the United States Military Academy, and Company Commander of a 300-person direct support maintenance company in Germany.
Ms. Gerton graduated from the United States Military Academy and earned an MBA from Duke University. She earned the Distinguished Presidential Rank award in 2011 and the Meritorious Presidential Rank award in 2008. She also received the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2011.