Patricia “Patty” Davidson has been a part of the Department of Labor since 1987, when she began her federal career as an investigator for the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in the Dallas, Texas District Office. Throughout her time with the Department, she has held a variety of management positions focused on enforcement and education at the district, regional, and national levels.
In 2010, Patty joined WHD’s National Office as the Director of the Division of Enforcement Strategy and Support, a role that offered her the opportunity to bridge the work of the field and headquarters. There she developed the National Accountability Review process, advancing quality, consistent and strategic enforcement across the agency, and ensuring that education and enforcement efforts remained on an upward trajectory.
As WHD’s Deputy Administrator for Program Operations, Patty served was a change agent for strategic enforcement fostering innovative and enhanced compliance approaches. In October of 2019, she focused her efforts leading the agency’s new Office of Regional Enforcement and Support.
In February of 2020, Patty joined the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs as the Deputy Director. As the career Deputy and an experienced, ethical, and transitional leader, Patty led OFCCP in achieving its mission to promote and facilitate maximum federal contractor compliance with promoting diversity through equal employment opportunity, and enforcing the contractual promise of affirmative action applicable to federal contractors.
In March of 2021 Patty rejoined WHD as the Deputy Administrator. In this critical and visionary role Patty joins a dynamic leadership team to help make WHD the strongest organization possible now and for the future.
Patty graduated from the University of Dallas in 1987. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Larry. The Davidson’s share their home with Owen, a canine refugee from the Mary Ann Morris Animal Shelter.