Office of Disability Employment Policy
US Department of Labor
Jennifer Is the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Department of Labor. The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities. ODEP's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Its vision: A world in which people with disabilities have unlimited employment opportunities.
In this session, Jennifer will share the current work being undertaken at ODEP and future initiatives. She will talk about ODEP'S Technical Assistance (TA) Centers, its Alliances and the broad resources and research to support the private and federal sector to hire, retain and promote more individuals with disabilities in the workforce.
This is a unique opportunity to informally engage with Jennifer, share your organization's disability leadership and hear of best practices from others.
Prior to her current position, Jennifer spent ten years at the US Department of Education in many roles, including acting Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, acting Deputy Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Jennifer came to the Department of Education from the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities where she was Senior Policy Advisor and served a detail as Associate Director in the White House Domestic Policy Council. Before she joined the task force staff, Jennifer was Vice President of the National Organization on Disability and Director of its CEO Council.
Jennifer earned a BA from Cornell University and graduated with honors from Georgetown University, where she received her MBA. While in graduate school, she worked in marketing research with Anheuser-Busch Companies in St. Louis. Before graduate school, Jennifer also worked in marketing and management for Sheraton and Marriott.
Jennifer has received many civic and achievement awards including the Georgetown MBA Program "Outstanding Student Leader" award; the Accenture Women in Government "Rising Leader" award, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association Hall of Fame designation; and the Diet Coke/Glamour magazine "Women at Their Best" award. Jennifer lives in Washington, DC, with her husband.