Cheryl D. Orr retired from Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), as the Vice President of Human Capital where she was responsible for the Human Resources function. She has spent over 25 years working in the field of Human Resources as an Assistant Director and Director. She has worked for a small business and in a University setting as their HR Director, as well as held several HR executive positions in local governments. After relocating to Dallas from Virginia, she was hired by the City of Dallas to establish their Ethics and Diversity program under the auspices of the City Manager. She has spent her career reengineering HR offices focusing on value added, best practices HR services to the organization. Thinking strategically has always been Ms. Orr’s way of addressing HR issues.

In 2019, Ms. Orr, became Co-Managing Director of i4x-Institute for Excellence in Public Service, the consulting arm of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. I4x uses recently retired public sector executives, executives in transition and executives who choose to consult, on a variety of public sector projects. I4x is a client-focused center of excellence for government consulting services.

Ms. Orr is a prolific trainer, strategic planner, facilitator, and consultant on a variety of workplace subjects and issues. She regularly taught Personnel Practices for the MPA program at Virginia Tech. Ms. Orr earned a bachelor’s in psychology, as well as a Master of Social Work (MSW) both from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She also holds a Certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University, and is currently a Doctorate candidate in the School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.