Clifford L. Alexander, Jr.
Third Chairman of the EEOC, August 4, 1967- May 1, 1969
Clifford L. Alexander, Jr. was named third Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by President Lyndon Johnson and served as Chairman from August 4, 1967 through May 1, 1969. He also served as Special Consultant to President Johnson on civil rights and voting rights issues.
During his tenure as Chairman of the EEOC, he directed investigations for job discrimination in various industries, such as textiles, utilities, labor unions, and movies. The EEOC assisted approximately 70,000 people during Alexander's administration.
In all, Mr. Alexander served four consecutive U.S. Presidents; Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Carter. In 1963, while in private law practice in New York City, President Kennedy asked Mr. Alexander to become part of the White House staff and serve as Foreign Affairs Officer of the National Security Council. From 1959 to 1961, Mr. Alexander served as assistant district attorney for New York County, became executive director of the Manhattanville Hamilton Grange neighborhood conservation project, and program and executive director of Harlem Youth Opportunities. From 1977 to 1981, Mr. Alexander served as Secretary of the Army. In 1978, Mr. Alexander was awarded honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Morgan State University, Wake Forest University, the University of Maryland and Atlanta University.
Mr. Alexander received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Harvard University where he was president of the Harvard Student Council and first marshall of his class. He received an L.L.B. degree from Yale University Law School.
Born in New York City, Mr. Alexander is now the President of Alexander and Associates, Inc., a Washington, DC, private consulting firm providing planning and advice to corporations on human resources management.