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Donald Bridgeman

CRPC Board

Donald (Don) Bridgeman, a native of Grenada serving currently as Director of the Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) in the Prince George's County Government, Maryland, since March 2003, is one of the first foreign-born to serve in a County Executive’s Cabinet in the County. He served previously as Deputy Personnel Officer (1984 to 1991), when he designed, developed and instituted many of the core HR divisions that currently exist. He created award-winning programs such as the Applicant Employability Enhancement Initiative (AEEI) that assists Prince George’s County jobseekers in gaining employment in the County’s public sector; and the Livable Communities Executive Development Institute designed to enhance the executive and management skills of the County’s appointed executives and upper-level managers increase their exposure to innovations in local government and develop an understanding of County issues and approaches.

Under Mr. Bridgeman's leadership, his department also developed the County’s Strategic Employment Management Initiative (SEMI), a program that looks ahead at new modus operandi for attracting, retaining and managing a diverse and changing workforce in anticipation of the departure of its skilled retiring employees. He also created vigorous health and wellness program overseen by a County Council-endorsed Health/Wellness/ Recreation Advisory Council. In addition, under his leadership, the County is using technology to upgrade a wide array of programs in its basic underlying systems in human resources management.

Mr. Bridgeman's work and leadership within the Caribbean Diaspora community spans a period of some 40 years during which time he has been involved in establishing and leading such organizations as the Caribbean Council of Prince George’s County, and as active member of the Caribbean-American Intercultural Organization (CAIO), the Council of Caribbean Organizations (COCO), the National Coalition on Caribbean Affairs (NCOCA), and many other smaller community organizations that have made a significant impact on the community. He has created, supported, invigorated, or participated in numerous community, cultural, professional and civic organizations, amply demonstrating a passionate commitment to bringing of diverse background of people together, and has a passionate commitment to the veterans in the Washington Metro area that is illustrated by his time, financial, and active investment in the Circle of Friends for Homeless Veterans. Don’s civic engagement has been recognized by a multitude of civic and professional awards.

 

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