Elizabeth Puchek

Chief Data Officer

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Ms. Elizabeth Puchek, Chief Data Officer, joined USCIS in 2018 to help design the Office of the Chief Data Officer (OCDO), which was established earlier that year. Beth led the development of the first-ever USCIS Data Strategy. In just under 90 days, Beth established and chaired a cross-directorate working group to develop the strategy’s four goals, launched an agency-wide communication campaign, and completed the formal review and approval process to gain the Director’s concurrence. The strategy formed the foundation for the new organizational design for the OCDO, which is responsible for managing our data assets and fostering a data-driven culture at USCIS. Beth has led the OCDO to publish enterprise-wide dashboards—the Director’s Snapshot, the Domestic Receipts Dashboard, the USCIS Strategic Performance Measures Dashboard, and the Electronic Filing Dashboard--to help facilitate leadership decisions; to launch the Data Management Council, and to complete several data sharing agreements with the Department of Labor and Department of State that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of benefit adjudications.

Prior to joining USCIS, Ms. Puchek spent 8 years at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) where she held several roles, including Advisor to the Commissioner, Chief of Staff for Enterprise Services, and Director of Systems Engineering.

Prior to CBP, she worked in the private sector with a consulting engineering firm for 5 years. She led teams to design the structures for commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. She also has extensive experience investigating building failures where she used non-destructive testing equipment including ground-penetrating radar (GPR), impulse response, and impact echo. Ms. Puchek is a registered Structural Engineer in the state of Maryland.

Ms. Puchek is a graduate of the DHS Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, earning her OPM certification in May 2019. Beth earned a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Architectural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. She received CBP’s FY13 Commissioner’s Award for Leadership for her collaborations within CBP and with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and DHS Science & Technology Directorate.