Meeting of November 16, 2011
Claudia L. Gordon 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).
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, 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.