Sharon H. Cooper was appointed Executive Director, Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA) Headquarters. She became the Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Program Integration (DUSD (PI)) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (OUSD (P&R)) in June 2009. In her capacity as the Executive Director of DHRA, she is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD (P&R)) for planning, policy, program and resource analysis and management for the Field Activity Headquarters as well as performing special projects supporting the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD (P&R)) and the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Program Integration (DUSD (PI)).
Ms. Cooper served in several legislative staff positions in the House of Representatives as well as in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics. Ms. Cooper then served as the Director, Demand Reduction, DoD Drug Policy Office where she developed policy for drug testing, education, prevention, and community outreach for all military and civilian personnel. Later, while serving as the Chief, Special Requirements Division in the Defense Manpower Data Center, Ms. Cooper supported the USD (P&R) through work involving the Department’s Common Access Card program, overseeing research and analysis on the effects of exposure to chemical and biological agents on military personnel, and developing requirements for the Defense Incident Based Reporting System (DIBRS).
Ms. Cooper received her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. She also graduated from the National War College. Ms. Cooper is a member of the Senior Executive Service and has received numerous awards including the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service and several Secretary of Defense Exceptionally Meritorious Civilian Service Awards.