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Leadership Team

Allison Zelman — Director of the Office of Public Engagement

Allison Zelman

Allison Zelman is currently the Director of Public Engagement to the Secretary at the Department of Labor. Prior to joining the Department, Allison was the Managing Director for the Women's Initiative at the Center for American Progress (CAP) working on policy development and managing the political and advocacy strategy for women's economic security issues. Previously she was the Campaign Manager for Gun Policy Mobilization where she worked to coordinate state and federal strategies on gun violence prevention.

From 2011 to 2012 she served as the Pennsylvania State Field Director for the Obama 2012 Presidential campaign, responsible for managing hundreds of staff and creating a successful statewide field program. Prior to joining the campaign Allison worked at The White House for the Domestic Policy Council and Council on Environmental Quality. She joined the Administration after working on the Obama campaign from 2007 to 2008. Allison also served on the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Inaugural Committees.

Born in Oakland, Maryland, Allison graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor's degree in international relations. She focused on Latin America, taking time to study the aftermath of the Pinochet regime in Chile, which instilled her life's dedication to social justice.

Shauna McCarty — Advisor to the Secretary

Shauna McCarty

Shauna Lynne McCarty was appointed in 2014 by the Obama Administration to serve as an Advisor to the Secretary in the Office of Public Engagement. Ms. McCarty's portfolio includes women and the LGBT community as well as the working families' agenda. This is Ms. McCarty's second political appointment by the Obama Administration. She previously served at the Department of the Interior as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget.

Before moving to Washington, DC, Ms. McCarty practiced law for more than a dozen years in both the public and private sector. She has been selected by two Massachusetts Treasurers and Receivers General to positions within the MA government. She served at the MA State Lottery Commission as Assistant Director/ Associate General Counsel. The first woman to win state-wide Constitutional office in MA appointed Ms. McCarty to serve as associate general counsel to the MA State Retirement Board where she served the largest public retirement system in Massachusetts. Ms. McCarty has also been appointed by two consecutive MA mayors to the City's Retirement Board where she oversaw public pension policy issues for the Contributory Retirement System, supervised benefit administration and oversaw financial firms investing $130MM of assets.

Ms. McCarty has also worked in the legislative branch for the MA House of Representatives, including the House Post Audit and Oversight Bureau where she served as Assistant Director and Deputy General Counsel and as a legislative Aide for a State Representative.

Ms. McCarty received her B.S. in communication studies at Northwestern University and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Marilyn Davis — Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement

Marilyn Davis

Marilyn D. Davis was appointed in 2014 by President Obama's administration to serve at the United States Department of Labor. As the deputy director of the office of Public Engagement under Secretary Thomas E. Perez, Ms. Davis is responsible for leading engagement with organized labor and leaders in the African American community as well as managing several issue campaigns.

Prior to this political appointment, she ran her own consulting firm Davis & Associates, LLC, which specialized in fundraising, strategic development, political organizing, and community outreach.

Davis' expansive political career also includes working on the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee, consultant for the Obama for America campaign, director of constituency outreach during the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and serving as a national political representative for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Additionally, Davis has served as chief of staff to Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37), deputy commissioner of labor for the state of New Jersey, as deputy chief of staff under then-Governor Jon Corzine (NJ), and has worked for the New Jersey state Legislature.

Davis received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Edgar Gonzalez — Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor

Edgar Gonzalez

Edgar Gonzalez's policy and political experience includes working for then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama since 2006, the Obama for America presidential campaign and subsequently being appointed to roles in the administration to both the White House as well as the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during the President's first term. After 4 years in the Administration, Edgar took a short hiatus to go work for a 501(c) (4) organization working on progressive public policy messaging and then became a founding member of a grassroots advocacy-consulting firm that engaged on key progressive priorities such as climate change, gun violence and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Edgar recently re-joined the Obama Administration and was appointed as a Special Assistant for Public Engagement to Secretary Thomas Perez for the U.S. Department of Labor. In this role, Edgar's portfolio includes business and the private sector, foundations, immigration, Re-Entry, and the White House's My Brother's Keeper initiative.

A proud son of immigrant and blue-collar workers, Edgar was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois and is a graduate of DePaul University. He is passionate about grassroots politics, traveling the world, and talking about sports — especially his hometown teams; Da Bears, Bulls, Cubs, Blackhawks and his newfound love of soccer after attending the World Cup in Brazil!

Kimble Burke DellaFave-Snyder — Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor

Kimble Burke DellaFave-Snyder is a Special Assistant to the Secretary, in the Office of Public Engagement. In her current role she covers issues around retirement security, the lead on leave, consistent scheduling, the Affordable Care Act, and overtime. Kimble began working at the Department of Labor in 2013 as part of the Secretary's advance staff, and also worked on his ACA outreach.

Previously, Kimble worked as an events manager for the 2012 Presidential Inaugural Committee, overseeing the Inaugural Ball, Staff Ball and Kids Concert. She also worked as part of the First Lady's White House advance team starting in 2010 and then throughout the 2012 Obama Presidential Campaign. Prior to working for this administration she managed a medical clinic in Boston, MA. Her additional professional experience includes non-profit development and community outreach.

Kimble currently sits on the Alexandria Commission on HIV/AIDS, as well as a board member for the Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in Alexandria, VA. She obtained her undergraduate degree with honors in Art History from the University of Washington, pursued a non-degree pre-medical program at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and is currently finishing her Masters in Global Medical Policy through George Mason University.