Ralph Charlip, LFACHE

Owner/President, Inspiration Creek Management Consultants

Ralph Charlip, LFACHE

Mr. Charlip is a certified Myers Briggs professional and President of his own company, Inspiration Creek Management Consulting LLC, a VA-certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. He is also a trainer/facilitator for Management Concepts Inc.


He is a retired member of the Federal Senior Executive Service and was most recently the Department of Labor Veteran’s Employment and Training Service (VETS) Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Operations and Management. In this role, he managed a budget of $226M and 225 employees who provided budget, finance, contracting, field operations, grants management, information technology support and human resource support to VETS. 


Prior to becoming the VETS DAS, Mr. Charlip was the Program Executive for Human Resource Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Human Resources, Department of the Interior where he was responsible for developing new human resource programs and deploying them across the Department and for the daily operations of the Human Resource Directorate. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Associate Director for Human Capital at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) providing leadership and oversight to all human capital activities supporting 9,000 employees around the world.


Before to coming to USGS, Mr. Charlip worked in the Office of Human Resource Management at the Department of Agriculture supporting USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack's Cultural Transformation Initiative. In his regular assignment as the Deputy Administrator for Management, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), he provided support to 1,300 FNS employees throughout the United States in the areas of human resources, acquisition management, records management, facility management, logistics and property management services. 


Mr. Charlip also served in multiple positions with the Department of Veterans Affairs after completing 22 years as an Air Force Medical Service Corps officer. His military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf clusters.


Mr. Charlip was born in Detroit and is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science-International Relations) and a Master of Public Administration (Public Management-Marketing). He is also a graduate of the Air War College, George Washington University’s Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives, VHA’s Health Care Leadership Institute and VA’s Leadership VA.   He and his wife, Cynthia live in Aurora, Colo.