Jon Desenberg

Jon Desenberg
Director of Government Performance

As the Director of Government Performance at The Performance Institute, Jon Desenberg is responsible for developing, structuring and implementing creative solutions for our clients’ organizational and workforce planning needs. Jon has led engagements in strategic, succession, and human capital planning with both private and public organizations. His clients have included the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, The US Navy and Army, The Forest Service, NASA, The Department of Commerce, The Department of Treasury, The National Institutes of Health and more than 70 other state, local and Federal organizations. Jon’s international clients include the Governments of China, Spain, Italy, and British Columbia. His recent work with the Federal intelligence community included several briefings to the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and working in an advisory capacity to the House Budget Committee.

Jon Desenberg brings more than 20 years of public sector experience to his current position with The Performance Institute, specifically in the fields of performance management, strategic planning, and knowledge management. As Managing Director, he successfully led the United States General Services Administration’s (GSA) Performance Management program, which ultimately resulted in aligned goals and measures cascading to all 13,000 employees.

Jon Desenberg began his career as a policy analyst and speech writer on Federal IT Issues. He contributed to the development of the Federal CIO Legislation and wrote for the Congressional Record and other publications on Federal technology policy. He was a Policy Analyst for GSA’s Knowledge Management Program and co-chaired the Federal CIO Council Committee on Knowledge Management. Jon Desenberg was awarded with several commendations for his Federal Service, including the Presidential Leadership Award in 2000.

Jon has authored articles in Washington Technology, Government Computer News, and the Washington Post. He is co-author of the textbook, Knowledge Management: A Foundation for E-Government.

He received a B.A. from The University of Michigan and a J.D from American University’s Washington College of Law.