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Christine Owens

Executive Director, National Employment Law Project (NELP)

Meeting of February 16, 2011 - EEOC to Examine Treatment of Unemployed Job Seekers

Christine Owens is the Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project, where she leads an extraordinary team of 30 lawyers, policy analysts and workforce specialists in cutting edge research, education and advocacy for low wage, unemployed, immigrant and other disadvantaged workers. Chris previously served as Director of the AFL-CIO Public Policy Department and Director of the American Majority Partnership of the Democratic National Committee. In 1995, she founded the Worker Options Resource Center (WORC) where she spearheaded the successful efforts of a broad-based coalition of national and community organizations to win passage of the 1996 federal minimum wage increase.

Chris received her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary and her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. The Coalition on Human Needs recently named Chris its 2010 Human Needs Hero in recognition of her decades-long advocacy for low wage workers.