Despina Panagoulias

Despina Panagoulias


"Teamwork, collaboration and partnership are what makes us successful. We approach each assignment with empathy, a vested interest in its successful completion and remain focused on our clients’ needs. Our ability to build strong partnerships is a critical component to achieving tactical strategic results for our clients."


Despina Panagoulias is an experienced human capital strategist and project leader for over 19 years that has worked with government, commercial, and non-profit clients on workforce planning and strategy. She has led complex cross-divisional initiatives from concept to execution. Her experience follows an integrated talent and performance management process, including transition and change management, strategic workforce planning, organizational effectiveness and work site analysis.

Despina also has experience managing project delivery and performance, developing strategic planning, and implementing processes and procedures required to meet business and mission goals for government and commercial enterprises.  

Prior to Arc Aspicio, Despina worked on initiatives for Fortune 500 firms and on assignments at the Department of Agriculture, Postal Service, and many components of the Department of Homeland Security.


  • George Mason University, School of Public Policy, M.A. International Commerce and Policy

  • George Mason University, B.A. Government and International Affairs

  • Georgetown University, Marketing Certificate

  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)

  • Certified Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP)

Areas of Expertise

  • Human Capital

  • Workforce Planning and Strategy

  • Change Management

  • Organization Design and Effectiveness

  • Process Improvement

  • Project/Program Management

Areas of Interest

  • Leadership Development

  • Employee Engagement

  • Transportation Security

  • Customs and Immigration

  • Infrastructure Protection

  • International Commerce and Trade


* Arc Aspicio |

Arc Aspicio enhances the future of our nation by creating bold ideas and bringing them to life. A consulting and solutions company, Arc Aspicio solves problems by applying our integrated capabilities in strategy, design, data, human capital, behavioral science, and technology. The company passionately pursues our vision to be the hub of creativity where people take action to change the world. To do this, employees collaborate with clients and partners to create solutions using a human-centered approach. Innovation is not possible without action. The company focuses on strategy first, then takes a hands-on approach implementing ideas to achieve results. Join Arc Aspicio and our Strategy Innovation Lab (SILab) by creating and sharing ideas to inspire people to change the world. Follow us on Twitter @ArcAspicio @SILabDC and, #welovedogs!