Director Latifa Lyles
Latifa Lyles is the Director of the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor where she works to advance and improve standards, practices and opportunities for women in the labor force. In this position, she developed the agency’s research agenda and significantly increased the number of policy and research initiatives, including women in high-growth occupations; older workers; and non-traditional jobs. Last year, she oversaw the White House Summit on Working Families in coordination with the White House Council on Women and Girls and Center for American Progress. Before serving as Director, she served as Deputy Director of the Bureau. As Deputy Director, she oversaw all regional office operations and managed the National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility, a collaborative nationwide event series planned in collaboration with the White House Council on Women and Girls and national advocacy groups and experts.
Ms. Lyles previously served as a Vice President for the National Organization for Women (NOW) where she was a principal media spokesperson on a wide range of women's issues appearing on local and national radio and television. Prior to her post at NOW, she was a senior fundraiser for Public Justice, the nation's largest public interest law firm which specializes in a broad range of cases from employment discrimination to consumer protection.
Ms. Lyles has extensive community and political organizing experience and has been working in the social justice movement for over fifteen years, starting with her work in 1998 as Public Policy Associate for the Older Women's League (OWL), where she focused on economic security issues of mid-life and older women.