Jacob Lozada, MHA, Ph.D., FACHE

Class 1977-1979

BA, Univ. Puerto Rico, PR, 1966
MHA, Baylor Univ., Waco, TX, 1979
Ph.D., Walden Univ., 1995

Spec. Adv. Diversity, Office Personnel Mgmt., Washington, DC, 2003 to present
Asst. Sec. Human Resources, Dept. Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, 2001-03
Sen. HC Planner, SHERIKON, Inc.
Management Consultant, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Herndon, VA, 1996-97
Principal, Global Healthcare Practice, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, 1993-96
Dep. Chief Ops., Army Medical Research Development Command, 1991-93
Director C4, JMRTC, 1990-91
Dep. Commander Admin., 121st Evac. Hosp., Seoul, Korea, 1989-91
Chief, Force Structure, Health Services Command, Ft. Sam Houston, TX, 1986-89
Commander, 8th Evac. Hosp., Ft. Ord, CA, 1983-85
Ass. I.G., Health Services Command, Ft. Sam Houston, TX, 1980-83
Resident, D.D. Eisenhower AMC, Ft. Gordon, GA, 1978-79


Dr. Jacob (Jake) Lozada was selected by U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director to serve as the human resource agency’s Special Advisor to the Director of OPM for Diversity Strategy. The appointment of Lozada, whose portfolio includes military and volunteer service, as well as prominent posts in the public and private sectors, is significant as it continues the Bush Administration’s commitment to improving diversity in the federal government. As a Special Advisor to the OPM Director, Lozada will work closely with representatives of the larger Hispanic community and make recommendations on initiatives designed to have a positive impact on employment and advancement opportunities for Latinos and other minorities across the government. He had been Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration in the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2001. Lozada was the principal VA executive responsible for directing both policy and operational functions in five major program areas: human resources management, diversity programs, EEO complaints resolution, security and law enforcement, and headquarters administration. He served as VA's designated agency safety and health official.

Dr. Lozada has over 25 years of senior and executive level experience in the United States Army and the private sector. He has served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Medical Department, retiring from active military duty with the rank of Colonel. During his military career, he occupied numerous key positions in leadership, administration, and health-care management including Company Commander, Officer in Charge of Health Clinics, Chief of Force Structure and Realignments, Hospital Executive Officer, Evacuation Hospital Commander, Inspector General and Evaluator of Army medical treatment facilities, Director of the Department of Defense Combat Casualty Care Course, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.

After a successful military career, Dr. Lozada served as Principal in the Global Healthcare Practice of Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Senior Healthcare Planner at SHERIKON, Inc., and Managing Consultant for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Web Universities & Training. During this period, he managed and developed hospital-reengineering projects, planned and delivered training programs in health-care management, developed digital learning projects, and evaluated numerous health-care delivery systems. He has also provided a wide array of management consulting services to customers in the United States and Latin America.

Dr. Lozada is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and adjunct assistant professor of medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. He holds active membership in several professional organizations and is past President of the Fort Detrick Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Dr. Lozada has been an active participant in the Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons National Hispanic Youth Initiative, a program developed to motivate, prepare, and encourage Hispanic high school juniors and seniors to pursue careers in the health sciences and biomedical research.

Dr. Lozada is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico where he was awarded a B.A. degree in science and received a Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Commission as a Second Lieutenant. Dr. Lozada has also been awarded a M.A. degree in Health Administration from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in education from Walden University.