Clara V. V. South Central Regional Recruiter at CIA
Clara began her government service in 1991 as a Career Trainee assigned to a unique program providing an introduction to the Central Intelligence Agency via diverse assignments, specialized training, and seminars. Upon completion of training, she was assigned as a Project Management Engineer for numerous advanced technology efforts in the Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T). In 1996, Clara was selected as a Technical Recruiter for the Recruitment Center where she was responsible for assessing employment suitability and providing recommendations for hire. During this time, she served as the Chair of the Agency’s Hispanic Advisory Council. Over the next three years, Clara contributed to the largest source selection activity in another organization’s history and was competitively selected to serve in a Director’s Fellows program. She led the creation of that organization’s Hispanic Advisory Council and served as its first Chair.
In 2000, Clara returned to the Program Management field as she provided technical oversight for different types of units in various reconnaissance satellites worth millions of dollars. By the end of 2003, Clara’s increased responsibility included leading a team of hundreds of government and contractor personnel. An opportunity to lead a critical Information Technology upgrade effort with visibility from the highest levels of the Agency presented itself and Clara effectively led her team to deliver the complex software upgrade on time and within budget. Clara then served as a Systems Engineer in another office where she provided technical and management advice on crucial constellation decisions relating to four distinct technical areas across a specific type of satellite. Clara also served as a Division Chief and managed officers who provided technical expertise to operations around the world. She subsequently accepted a position to serve first as the Deputy Director and then as Director for a Systems Analysis Staff in the Directorate of Advanced Systems & Technology (AS&T) at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) where she was responsible for making technical recommendations of future NRO architecture capabilities to the Director of AS&T. In 2014, Clara served as the Deputy Chief in one of the CIA Recruitment Center divisions where she leveraged her expertise to ensure the hiring of qualified officers into the DS&T. She currently serves as the South Central Regional Recruiter where her primary goal is to inform potential applicants about the many opportunities of an Agency career. Clara’s favorite part of her job is interfacing with interested candidates and addressing how they can apply their skillset to make a direct contribution to the Agency’s national security mission.
Clara volunteers as a mentor and frequently provides both formal and informal assistance to officers in various areas including engineering, project management, and work-life balance matters. She is the youngest of six children and was born to Carlos Treviño and Elida Ortega Villarreal in Corpus Christi, Texas. Clara was the first in her family to enroll in post-secondary education and she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1991. She has completed various Leadership, Program Management, and Technology Management coursework, to include working towards a graduate certificate in Technology Management from Virginia Tech. Clara and her husband, Kealon, are the proud parents of four amazing children and presently reside in Pflugerville, Texas.