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Naomi C. Earp

Chair Naomi C. Earp

Thirteenth Chair of the EEOC, September 1, 2006 - June 5, 2009

Naomi Churchill Earp was sworn in as Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on September 1, 2006. Ms. Earp was nominated by President George W. Bush and served as Chair until June 5, 2009. During her tenure, Ms. Earp launched the national initiative E-RACE (Eradicating Racism and Colorism from Employment). This initiative, designed to improve EEOC's efforts to ensure workplaces are free of race and color discrimination, involved identifying specific issues, criteria and barriers that contribute to race and color discrimination; exploring strategies to improve the administrative processing and litigation of race and color cases; and enhancing public awareness of race and color discrimination in employment. 

Ms. Earp also served as Vice Chair of EEOC from April 2003 through September 1, 2006. As Vice Chair, she launched the EEOC's Youth@Work Initiative, a national education and outreach campaign to promote equal employment opportunity for America's newest generation of workers.

Before joining the EEOC, Ms. Earp promoted diversity in EEO at several federal agencies including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institutes of Health, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ms. Earp received her B.A, from Norfolk State University, an M.A. from Indiana University (Bloomington), and a J.D. from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law.

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