Davita Vance-Cooks Leaves GPO Director Position For Job in Private Sector


Washington, DC, November 1, 2017—The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Director Davita Vance-Cooks has announced her departure from Federal service to accept a job in the private sector. By law, GPO Deputy Director Jim Bradley assumes the duties of Acting GPO Director until a replacement is appointed.

Vance-Cooks was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2013 to be the 27th Public Printer of the United States. Prior to confirmation, she served as Acting Public Printer for 19 months. A seasoned business executive with more than 35 years of private sector and Federal management experience, she was the first woman and the first African-American to lead the agency.

In 2014, legislation proposed by Vance-Cooks was signed into law modernizing the GPO’s name to the Government Publishing Office, in recognition of the agency’s successful transition to digital publishing technologies. That law also abolished the outdated title of “Public Printer,” renaming GPO’s chief executive as the agency’s Director.

Prior to assuming leadership of the GPO, Vance-Cooks held a succession of senior management positions at the agency beginning in 2004. She was the Deputy Managing Director of Customer Services, with the responsibility for overseeing the GPO’s liaison with Federal agencies for in-house print production and printing procurement services. She then served as the Managing Director of GPO’s Publications and Information Sales business unit, where she oversaw a large print distribution/supply chain operation with customers across the United States.  In January 2011, Vance-Cooks was named the GPO’s Chief of Staff, and in December 2011 she was named Deputy Public Printer.

Before coming to the GPO, Vance-Cooks held several private sector leadership positions in the health insurance industry. Vance-Cooks holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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