Charlotte A. Burrows was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the EEOC by President Obama on September 12, 2014, and was confirmed on December 3, 2014 by a Senate vote of 93-2 to serve as Commissioner, for a term expiring July 1, 2019.
While at the Commission, Commissioner Burrows has advocated for strong civil rights protections and robust cooperation between the Commission, employers, and employees to advance equal opportunity in the workplace. She has worked to enhance the Commission's enforcement of all the laws within its jurisdiction. She has focused on equal pay, issues affecting immigrant and migrant workers, diversity in employment - particularly in policing, technology industries, and other areas in which women and workers of color have traditionally been under-represented. She also has worked to increase the Commission's outreach to Native Americans. Commissioner Burrows is also particularly interested in the nexus between employee privacy and civil rights.
Prior to her appointment at the EEOC, Burrows served as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where she worked on a broad range of civil and criminal matters, including employment litigation, tribal justice, voting rights, and reauthorization and implementation of the Violence Against Women Act, among others.
Burrows previously served as general counsel for Civil and Constitutional Rights to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in 2009, and on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2007 to 2008, after having served as legal counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2003 to 2007. During her time on Capitol Hill, she worked on a variety of legislative initiatives involving labor and employment matters, including the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.
Before working on the Hill, Burrows served in the Civil Rights Division's Employment Litigation Section at DOJ first as a trial attorney, and later as special litigation counsel and then as deputy chief. She served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Timothy K. Lewis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton.
Burrows received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.