Dr. Temika Edwards is a recognized leader, program manager, and speaker with 14 years of private and public sector experience in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), capacity and policy development, change management, and strategic planning. With an exceptional blend of creativity and analytical skills, Temika is adept at applying a focused, relationship-based approach, which involves working across programs and organizations to develop teams and surpass expectations.
As Acting Director of the Policy, Strategy, and Risk (PSR) division within the DHS OIG’s Office of Integrity and Quality Oversight, Temika is working to build and apply a comprehensive methodology for identifying, evaluating, and addressing internal and external risks to the OIG and, more broadly, the DHS. In addition, she manages the agencies Strategic and Performance related initiatives.
Previously, Temika served as Acting Branch Manager for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in which capacity she led TSA’s ERM program, fostering a successful culture of risk management. In 2016, the Government Accountability Office recognized TSA’s ERM program as among federal government best practices and acknowledged the agency’s efforts in “…sustaining ERM strategy through leadership engagement.”
Temika established and led the Council of the Inspector General on Integrity and Efficiency’s ERM working group. She continues to provide consultative and advisory services to other federal government organizations as they strive to develop ERM programs and is one of the authors of the CIGIE ERM Practitioners Guide for the OIG community. She also has expertise in staff modernization, domestic and international training, and regulation compliance.
Dr. Edwards received her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University; her M.B.A. from Meredith College; and her B.A. from North Carolina Central University.