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Claudia A. Withers

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Chief Operating Officer
Washington, DC, USA


Claudia Withers is the Chief Operating Officer of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As COO, she is responsible for the day to day management of the agency.

Prior to joining the EEOC, Claudia Withers was Director of Programs for the District of Columbia Bar Foundation, where she managed grants and loan repayment programs to support civil legal services to the poor and underserved in the District of Columbia. Ms. Withers also served in the Clinton Administration as a Deputy General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education. At Education, she managed attorneys who provided advice on business and administrative law, including employment issues; property and procurement; privacy, Freedom of Information Act, and public information.

As the Executive Director of the Fair Employment Council of Greater Washington, Ms. Withers led an organization committed to the creation and implementation of innovative strategies to address employment discrimination and disadvantage, including litigation based on the results of employment testing. She also served as the Director of Employment Programs for the National Partnership on Women and Families (Formerly Women's Legal Defense Fund), where she monitored agency enforcement of antidiscrimination legislation, provided technical assistance to lawyers and advocates on a range of employment related issues, and represented individuals in employment cases. Ms Withers also co-authored amicus curia briefs in the Supreme Court and other appellate courts, and engaged in advocacy before U.S. Congress and the District of Columbia City Council. Ms. Withers spearheaded coalitions that successfully lobbied for the passage of the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act and the D.C. Pregnancy Antidiscrimination Act.

Ms. Withers has served as a consultant in EEO issues through her firm, Winston Withers Associates. She has been an adjunct professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law of the University of the District of Columbia and the American University School of Law. She practiced law in Durham, NC. She clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Erwin for the Middle District of North Carolina. She is a graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law and Duke University.

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