Deron Lehman has been the Managing Director of Human Resources & Talent Development at the American Enterprise Institute since September, 2020. He has more than 20 years of experience in research institutions, non-profit, and government settings focused on business strategy, building the capacity of human resources teams, and streamlining operations to provide enhanced services.
He began his career focusing on enhancing state government efficiency with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by applying business strategies and principles to streamline bureaucratic processes. He quickly realized that processes can be easily changed, but the people that support and use them were generally underserved. This changed his focus to a people-centric strategy for enhancing value creation and enhancing employee experience. He has led teams at Mercatus Center, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, DC Government, and National 4-H Council. Through his organizational roles and consulting services he has helped improve employee experience, increased human resources’ contribution to business outcomes, and enhanced alignment with culture and mission. He contributes to the development of HR professionals and business leaders by facilitating learning sessions through local and national seminars and speaking engagements.
Deron is a member of the DC SHRM board of directors and the HR Virginia state council. He holds SHRM-SCP and SPHR certifications. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University.