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Wilma B. Liebman

Wilma B. Liebman

National Labor Relations Board
Former Member and Chairman
Washington, DC, USA


President Obama designated Wilma B. Liebman to be Chairman of the NLRB on January 20, 2009. She served as Chairman until August 27, 2011, when her third term expired.  Since then, she has been engaged in various advisory roles and consulting projects and has taught at several universities.  During the 2015-16 academic year, she will serve as a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations.  She has also taught at New York University Law School, Cornell University’s Law School and Industrial and Labor Relations School, the University of Illinois’ College of Law and the School of Labor and Employment Relations, and George Washington University Law School.

Ms. Liebman was first appointed to be a Member of the NLRB by President Clinton and was twice reappointed by President Bush. She was the third longest serving Member of the NLRB in its 77-year history.   Prior to joining the NLRB, Ms. Liebman served for two years as Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and for two years as Special Assistant to the Director.   Prior to joining FMCS in January 1994, Ms. Liebman held positions as Labor Counsel for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, and Legal Counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. 

She holds an A.B. degree from Barnard College, and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute, a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Law Institute, and a Senior Research Associate of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School.  She serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations.  And as of May 1, 2014, she has served as Chair of the Dunlop Commission on Agricultural Labor.

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