Pepe Cervantes

Chief, Inter-Agency Data Sharing and Military Operations

Department of Veterans Affairs
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Mr. Pepe Cervantes currently serves as a Chief of Inter-Agency Data Sharing and Military Operations within the Veterans Benefits Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he is responsible for supervising a team of several GS-14 and GS-13 analysts.

Mr. Cervantes started his career with the VA in San Diego, CA in 2010 as a claims processor and has moved around the agency into different roles. In 2015, Mr. Cervantes served on detail as the Assistant Director of the VA Records Management Center, where he was responsible for several large divisions for an office that was open 24/7 and consisted of over 400 plus employees. In 2017, Mr. Cervantes became a Division Chief as the Assistant Service Center Manager of the VA Baltimore Regional Office, where he supervised a large team of front-line GS-13 supervisors with over 120 employees at two office sites and seven intake sites throughout DC, MD and VA. In 2019, Mr. Cervantes joined the VBA Compensation Service business line, which at the time was one of the biggest business lines in the agency with over 300 employees and a budget of over a billion dollars. In this role, he served as an Employee Engagement Officer, focused on supporting several Senior Executive Service leaders in developing a culture of excellence and collaborating with HR and Training partners to make the business line one of the best places to work. In 2020, Mr. Cervantes became the Chief of the Inter-Agency Data Sharing and Military Operations team, where he is responsible for the performance of a team that handles computer matching agreements with other federal agencies and for all partnerships related to DoD records and retired/active duty pay operations.

Mr. Cervantes is Deaf and a graduate of Gallaudet University (’05) and San Diego State University (’08 MPA). In addition, Mr. Cervantes is a graduate of Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executive Fellows Program (’16).