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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy — Mary Beth Maxwell

Mary Beth Maxwell - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Mary Beth Maxwell has served in various senior positions at the U.S. Department of Labor since 2009 and currently is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy. In this capacity, Maxwell works on a wide range of labor issues including: increasing the minimum wage, enhancing overtime protections, equal pay, preserving work and family balance, and workers' rights.

Prior to joining the Obama administration she was the founding Executive Director of American Rights at Work, an advocacy organization devoted to promoting and restoring workers' rights to collective bargaining. She co-authored ARAW's inaugural report, some of them are Brave: The Unfulfilled Promise of American Labor Law.

Maxwell has been involved in social justice organizations and campaigns (labor rights, economic and racial justice, women's and LGBT rights) for over 20 years.

A graduate of Marquette University, she holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English, philosophy and political science.

Her toughest and most treasured leadership assignment is "Mom" to her 13 year old son.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy — Megan J. Uzzell

Megan J. Uzzell - Deputy Assistant Secretary Megan J. Uzzell was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP), on June 21, 2009 and served as Acting Assistant Secretary until October 21, 2009. In this role, Ms. Uzzell advises the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Assistant Secretary on policy development, regulations, program implementation, compliance assistance strategies, program evaluations, research, budget and performance analysis, and legislation. Ms. Uzzell also provides analytical support with respect to policy issues, trends and economic analyses affecting programs of the Department. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Uzzell served as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary.

From 2004 – 2009, Ms. Uzzell worked on legislative matters as a staff member to then Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (now Secretary of Labor). During this time, she rose from Legislative Assistant to Legislative Director, responsible for legislative activities involving energy, environment, appropriations and transportation. Her previous experience includes employment at the National Environmental Trust and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

A graduate of the Drake University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Political Science and International Relations. Ms. Uzzell also has a Master of Arts degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy — James H. Moore, Jr.

James H. Moore, Jr. - Deputy Assistant SecretaryJames H. Moore, Jr., Ph.D. joined the US Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP), in May 2013. Dr. Moore serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary.  Dr. Moore provides advice to Secretary of Labor, Deputy Secretary, and Departmental agencies on matters of policy development and supports the economic policy, research, and analysis agenda of the Department.

Prior to joining OASP, Dr. Moore served as the Deputy Director and Chief Economist for the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES).   Dr. Moore directed various workforce development programs that addressed Career Development through training opportunities for the District’s unemployed and underemployed citizens.  Dr. Moore also directed performance assessment and the development of programs involving the preparation, analysis and dissemination of labor market information, economic projections, and analysis. 

Dr. Moore previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor with OASP.  During his tenure with OASP, Dr. Moore advised the Secretary of Labor, Deputy Secretary, and the Assistant Secretary for Policy on a wide range of labor policies.

Dr. Moore also served as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD). As Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Moore supervised numerous federal- and state-funded programs within the department including New Jersey’s unemployment, temporary disability, and family leave insurance programs, vocational rehabilitation services, and employment and training services delivered through LWD’s network of One-Stop Career Centers. Dr. Moore also served as the department’s chief economic advisor analyzing and interpreting state and national economic developments.

Dr. Moore has held numerous federal government positions including Senior Economist for the Employee Benefits Security Administration, Office of Policy and Research, U.S. Department of Labor and as a Labor Economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and with the Social Security Administration.

Dr. Moore has conducted extensive research on workforce development issues, income security, and the economics of aging with emphasis on the economic status of Baby Boomers. He has published several articles on these topics.

Dr. Moore is a war time veteran and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the New Jersey Army National Guard.

Dr. Moore earned his B.S. from Mississippi Valley State University, an M.A. from Virginia State University, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Howard University.

Director, Workforce Development and Security Division — Office of Regulatory and Programmatic Policy — Kathleen E. Franks

Kathleen Franks - Director of the Office of Regulatory and Programmatic PolicyKathleen E. Franks is the Director of the Workforce Development and Security Division in the Office of Regulatory and Programmatic Policy. Dr. Franks’ division is responsible for routinely providing DOL agency leadership analyses of and recommendations regarding DOL agencies’ major regulatory, legislative and policy initiatives related to workforce development and security. Dr. Franks and her team are responsible for evaluation and tracking of DOL regulatory programs and strategies and ensuring that DOL’s regulatory initiatives are in compliance with all of the relevant statutes and executive orders that govern the promulgation of regulations by Federal agencies. Dr. Franks is also the co-Chair of the Department’s Open Government Initiative Work Group, and represents the Department on interdepartmental regulatory policy committees.

Dr. Franks holds a Ph.D. in Monetary Economics, a Master of Arts degree in Urban Economics from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park, MD.

Chief Evaluation Officer — Demetra Smith Nightingale

Chief Evaluation Officer — Demetra Nightingale Demetra Smith Nightingale, PhD, is the Chief Evaluation Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor. As the Chief Evaluation Officer, she is responsible for coordinating the Department's evaluation agenda and working with all agencies to design and implement evaluations. She is an expert in employment policy, workforce development, labor markets, and social policies and programs, and has conducted many evaluations of federal, state, and local programs aimed at increasing employment, skills, and income for workers and families.

Dr. Nightingale is the author or co-author of five books and dozens of articles. Her most recent books are Repairing the U.S. Social Safety Net (with Martha Burt) and Reshaping the American Workforce in a Changing Economy (with Harry Holzer). Previously, she was a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, directing many evaluations and research projects on employment and social policy and on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University's graduate program in public policy.

She is also a Professorial Lecturer at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University, teaching Program Evaluation. In addition, she is a Senior Research Affiliate with the Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, a senior research consultant with the World Bank, has served on many boards and task forces, and was an expert advisor to the White House Welfare Reform Working Group in 1992-93. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Public Policy, both from the George Washington University.