Elena S. Goldstein
Acting Solicitor of Labor
Elena Goldstein serves as the Acting Solicitor of Labor. Immediately prior to rejoining the Department in 2021, Ms. Goldstein served as Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau in the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where she served as a lead counsel in numerous cases challenging federal executive and agency actions and supervised a wide range of civil rights matters.
Ms. Goldstein previously spent nine years as a career employee in the Office of the Solicitor, litigating cases involving minimum wage and overtime laws, workplace safety, whistle-blower statues, and a variety of other labor and employment laws. She also worked as a Skadden Fellow and senior staff attorney at the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she helped to start a workers’ rights project focusing on the rights of low-wage and immigrant workers. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff in the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Goldstein is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School.