H. Steven Hammond, Ph.D.
Steven Hammond’s career has been characterized by proven performance in demanding leadership positions in federal, state, and private sector organizations. WLH relies on his extensive experience in organizational and leader development, change management, and conflict resolution to develop and facilitate our offerings.
He has an extensive military and government career in homeland security, performance-based budgeting, quality, and earned-value management. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he has also earned three post-graduate degrees: a Master of Arts (College Teaching and Social Psychology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a Master of Science (Counseling Education) from Long Island University at C.W. Post College; and a Master and Doctor of Philosophy (Organizational Psychology) from Columbia University in New York City.
His career began with service in the US Army as a commissioned officer. He achieved the rank of Colonel and culminated his federal service as Director of the Office of Leader Development at the United States Military Academy (West Point), where he played a key role in chairing and authoring institutional initiatives to eliminate hazing and abusive leadership practices from the 4-year West Point experience for developing leaders of character for service to the nation. During this period, Dr. Hammond also served as Head of the Department of Tactics, Deputy Dean of Students, and as Chief of Strategic Planning for the Academy.
Upon his departure from the federal sector, Dr. Hammond served for 5 years in Florida’s Senior Management Service as Senior Director of General Tax Administration in the Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR). In this capacity he managed the operations of 38 offices across the United States and Florida, comprised of approximately 2,300 employees responsible for the annual collection, processing and distribution of over $25 billion. In 1998, the exemplary productivity of General Tax Administration and FDOR was formally recognized as the first state agency in Florida to receive the Governor’s Sterling Award for quality management and performance excellence.
Following service in state government, Dr. Hammond managed the start-up of Camber Corporation’s Tallahassee Office. He subsequently directed the Statewide Security Assessment of Florida Seaports for the Executive Office of the Governor. The study was cited in the report of the Presidential Inter-Agency Commission on Crime and Security in US Seaports as an example for other states to emulate and resulted in Florida being the first state in the nation to legislate standards for security of deep water seaports. In recognition of the importance of this effort, the National Cargo Security Council (NCSC) named Dr. Hammond to receive their prestigious Industry Leadership Award for 2000.
Upon leaving Camber Corporation, Dr. Hammond served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Special Security, Inc. (SSI), headquartered in Lake Mary / Orlando, Florida. Special Security, Inc. provided its government clients with configurable, state-of-the-art, biometric-based identity verification products and services, employing tamperproof, passive fingerprint technology on a secure 2-D barcode.
More recently, Dr. Hammond served as Executive Director of the Florida Tax Watch Center for Smart Justice. In this capacity he worked with elected officials, the legislature, members of the judiciary, state agency heads, law enforcement, and service providers to promote scientific, evidence-based reform of Florida’s criminal and juvenile justice systems.