Friday, August 27, 2010

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Claudia Gordon

Claudia Gordon

Claudia L. Gordon is currently a political appointee with the Obama administration serving as Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Prior to DOL, she was a senior policy advisor with the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL). In this role, she provided legal and policy advice on the full breadth of civil rights and civil liberties issues the Department must address. These issues included, but were not limited to, ensuring compliance with Federal civil rights laws relating to the rights of people with disabilities in DHS programs and activities.

While at DHS, Ms. Gordon managed the CRCL Disability Policy Team and the Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (ICC). The ICC comprises 25 Federal departments and agencies and was established in 2004 by Executive Order 13347, Individuals with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness. Notably, Ms. Gordon was the primary author of this Executive Order, and, in 2006, she received the Secretary’s Gold Medal Award from then-DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff. This honor highlights her leadership efforts on behalf of people with disabilities during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

In 2000, Ms. Gordon received the prestigious Skadden Fellowship to work as a staff attorney with the National Association of the Deaf Law Center. While there, she provided legal advocacy to individuals experiencing discrimination on the basis of deafness through direct legal representation in civil cases, technical assistance, training and outreach. She also has worked as a consulting attorney with the National Council on Disability. Ms. Gordon is very active in the disability civil rights community and sits on the boards of the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Lexington School and Center for the Deaf and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ms. Gordon, a native of Jamaica W.I., graduated from Howard University, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She also graduated from American University Washington College of Law, cum laude, with a Juris Doctorate.

We will highlight Ms. Gordon, and nine other phenomenal women, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on September 8, 2010 in Washington, D.C. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

1 comment:

  1. I am in awe of the dedication and fight that Claudia has. We need to see more women of color with disabilities represented on the big stage.

    Go BOSS Claudia...