Christine M. Griffin was nominated by President Obama and currently serves as Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). At OPM, Griffin focuses on diversity in the Federal workforce and work-life balance, vital issues to both attract and keep the “best of the best.” She also focuses on Veterans employment issues (Griffin herself is a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1974-1977). Prior to joining OPM, Griffin served as Vice Chair and as a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. While at the EEOC, Griffin was a vocal supporter of increasing diversity in the federal workforce, as well as promoting greater efficiency and fairness in the federal EEO process. At the Commission, Griffin also was a strong advocate for women’s rights and the rights of individuals with disabilities. Notably, in June 2006, Griffin launched the LEAD Initiative—Leadership for the Employment of Americans with Disabilities—to address the significant under-employment of individuals with severe disabilities in the federal government. In December 2005, Griffin was selected as one of the nation’s eleven “Lawyers of the Year” by Lawyers Weekly USA newspaper. Before joining the Commission, Griffin served for about a decade as the Executive Director of the Disability Law Center in Boston. Prior to that, Griffin served as an Attorney Advisor to former EEOC Vice Chair Paul M. Igasaki.