Dorothea E. de Zafra-Atwell

de Zafra-Atwell, Dorothea 740950Ms. de Zafra-Atwell’s desire is to make a positive difference in the world. Through early anti-feminist obstacles in her public service career, she has persevered, applying her education and growing skill set to promoting women’s leadership and intercultural knowledge beyond her immediate job responsibilities. More recent interest and efforts include lifelong learning, changing social stereotypes of aging, and eldercare advocacy.

Title: Director of Science Education, Senior Program Analyst (Retired)
Company: United States Department of Health and Human Services
Location: Bethesda, MD United States


  • Established Endowment, supporting student internships and scholarly activities in their development of leadership skills, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh (2001- Present)
  • Executive Board, Council of Former Federal Executives (2013)
  • Lifelong Learning Advisory Council, University of Rochester (2011-Present)
  • Member of American Mensa, Ltd. (1981-Present)
  • Adult Religious Education Committee, Small Group Discussion Facilitator, Point Person in Educational Programming for Seniors, Local Church (2004-2011)
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman Representative for an assisted living facility (2011)
  • Career Workshop Panelist, University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association (2008)
  • Former Election Operations Judge, County Board of Elections (2008-2010)
  • Leadership Council, University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association (2004-2006)
  • Volunteer Archaeological Field Team, Civil War General Robert E. Lee’s Home, Alexandria Archeology, VA (1991)
  • Archaeology Consultant, Guest Instructor, Summer Enrichment Program for Gifted and Talented Elementary School Students, Alexandria City Schools, VA (1987-1988)
  • Volunteer, Archaeological Field Team, Mayan site, Earthwatch, Copán, Honduras (1985-1986)
  • Former Executive Board Member, Federal Computer Security Program Managers’ Forum
  • Former Member, Diversity Council, National Institutes of Health
  • Founding Member, Former President, Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association
  • Former Member, Professional Standards and Ethics Committee, American Society for Public Administration
  • Former Newsletter Editor, American Society of Access Professionals
  • Member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society


  • Featured Member, Calendar Series, Who’s Who Publishers (2014)
  • Featured Member, Pro-Files Magazine, Who’s Who Publishers (2013, 2011)
  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2013)
  • Inductee, Top Female Executives (2012)
  • Inductee, Worldwide Lifetime Achievement (2012)
  • Professional of the Year, Worldwide Who’s Who (2012, 2010)
  • Inductee, Elite American Executives (2010)
  • Industry Expert, “Top 101 Industry Experts,” Who’s Who Publishers (2010)
  • Commencement Speaker, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh (2006)
  •  Recipient, Equal Employment Opportunity Special Achievement Award (1998)
  • Recipient, Educator of the Year Award, Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association (1997)
  • Recipient, Federal 100 Award, Federal Computer Week Magazine (1995)
  • Recipient, Exemplary Service Award, Assistant Secretary for Health (1994)
  • Recipient, Special Recognition Award, Assistant Secretary for Health (1982)
  • Various prior professional and academic recognitions

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