Obama to Nominate NAACP Attorney as EEOC Chair

By Staff Report

Jul. 17, 2009

President Barack Obama said Thursday, July 16, that he plans to nominate NAACP attorney Jacqueline A. Berrien as chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Berrien has served as associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund since September 2004, according to a White House statement.

The Harvard Law School graduate also served as a program director in the Ford Foundation’s Peace and Social Justice Program and as a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, among other positions.

Berrien “has spent her entire career fighting to give voice to underrepresented communities and protect our most basic rights,” Obama said in a statement.

Filed by Judy Greenwald of Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail

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