Thomas Perez, Secretary of Labor
U.S. Department of Labor
Thomas E. Perez is the nation's 26th Secretary of Labor. He has committed to making good on the promise of opportunity for all, giving every working family a chance to get ahead, promoting gender equality, and insisting on a safe and level playing field for all American workers. Perez previously served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. He served as the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the final years of the Clinton administration.
Rosa DeLauro, Congresswoman
U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut
Roda DeLauro has served as a U.S. Representative for Connecticut since 1991. Rep. DeLauro is active on health policy issues, particularly women's health. As the ranking member dealing with appropriations for Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education, Rosa is determined to increase support for education and innovation, to fully implement the new health care reform law, to protect the rights of employees and unions, and raise living standards. Rosa has led the fight in Congress to achieve full pay equity for women and to ensure that all employees have access to paid sick days.
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor
White House Council on Women and Girls
Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, overseeing the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, and chairing the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett has worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates behind efforts to strengthen and improve access to the middle class, to boost American businesses and our economy, and to champion equality and opportunity for all Americans. From ongoing campaigns to end sexual assault, raise the minimum wage, advocate workplace policies that empower working families, and promote entrepreneurship and early childhood education, Ms. Jarrett has helped the President develop a broad coalition of partners to execute a robust agenda.
Hallie Schneir, Deputy Director
White House Council on Women and Girls
Hallie Schneir serves as the Deputy Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Previously, Hallie served as the Associate Director of Public Engagement in the Office of Public Engagement where she worked in partnership with the Council on Women and Girls to ensure that women, girls, and the people that love them are connected to the policies and programs of the federal government. Prior to joining the Office of Public Engagement, Hallie spent two years at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Debra Ness, President
National Partnership for Women & Families
For more than three decades, Debra Ness has been a strong, unwavering advocate for fairness and social justice. Before assuming her current role as President, Ness served as Executive Vice President of the National Partnership for 13 years. She has strengthened the organization's standing as one of the country's most powerful and effective advocates for women and families. Ness also serves on the board of some of the most influential organizations working to improve healthcare.
Ellen Bravo, Executive Director
Family Values @ Work
Ellen Bravo, Executive Director of Family Values @ Work was recently honored with the Visionaries Award by the Ford Foundation. Ellen Bravo has galvanized the movement to bring low-wage earning women the benefits and opportunities they need to support their families. For nearly 20 years. she ran the influential organization 9 to 5, which has been at the forefront of the fight for pay equity, family leave, and fair employment laws. Most recently, she founded Family Values @ Work, a network of state coalitions that has already led successful public campaigns to adopt paid family leave policies in California, New Jersey and Washington.
Neera Tanden, President
Center for American Progress
Neera Tanden is the president of the Center for American Progress and counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Tanden has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, and previously served as senior advisor for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services. She was named one of the “Most Influential Women in Washington” by National Journal and recognized as one of Fortune magazine's "Most Powerful Women in Politics."
Regan Long, Writer and Mother
Regan Long has two passions in life. One is being a mother, and the other is writing. In 2006, Regan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education and has found a true love working with children. Her ultimate dream came true after she and her husband, Terry, were blessed with their four children, Kendyl, Kaden and Kennedy, and Kelsey. Regan has found such inspiration navigating through motherhood and not only is able to capture some empowering moments that she has experienced, but seeks inspiration from women of all ages trying to handle one of the toughest jobs in this universe. Regan is the author of the heartfelt, heartbreaking, and widely resonant "A Working Mother's Plea to the President."
Writer and Mother
Kara Lawler, Mother, Teacher, Writer
Kara Lawler is a mother, teacher, and writer who writes on her own blog, Mothering the Divide, about the divide that is mothering her own two children while still mothering the many other facets of her life, including her students. Kara has been a teacher for fifteen years, spending the last ten at an all-girls’ school. Kara has an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s degree in education and is passionate about the education of young women. She truly wants her students to feel empowered in whichever ways they choose: as professionals and/or as mothers.