Archuleta was the first Latina woman to serve as the political director of a major party presidential campaign, and served as chief of staff to former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. She also founded the Latina Initiative, a Colorado organization that encourages Hispanic participation in politics, and worked for former Denver mayor Federico Pena, the city's only Hispanic mayor.

While Archuleta's appointment to OPM, which oversees federal hiring and pensions, is not a Cabinet-level role, the pick will partially address criticism that the president's second-term Cabinet is currently without a Hispanic member. Obama has tapped Justice Department official Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE as the next Labor Secretary, but his confirmation awaits a full Senate vote.