Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Sharon Block
Sharon Block is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor. She previously served as Senior Counselor to Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez from August 2013 to October 2015.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy provides advice to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Department on matters of policy development, program evaluation, regulations, budget and legislation that will improve the lives of workers, retirees and their families. Integral to this role, OASP leads special initiatives and manages cross-and inter-Department activities and is the policy innovation arm of the Department of Labor that invests in research and analysis of current and emerging labor issues including: the growing wage gap for working families, ensuring protections and opportunity for all workers, policies that promote work and family balance, and labor standards for the rapidly changing 21st century economy.
Block has held various other senior roles in the Obama Administration, including as White House Senior Public Engagement Advisor for Labor and Working Families. On January 4, 2012, President Obama appointed her to serve as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. She served on the NLRB until July 2013. From 2009 to 2012, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor. Between 2006 and 2009, Ms. Block was Senior Labor and Employment Counsel for the Senate HELP Committee, where she worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Ms. Block previously served at the National Labor Relations Board as senior attorney to Chairman Robert Battista from 2003 to 2006 and as an attorney in the appellate court branch from 1996 to 2003. From 1994 to 1996, she was Assistant General Counsel at the National Endowment for the Humanities, and from 1991 to 1993, she was an associate at Steptoe & Johnson. She received a B.A. in History from Columbia University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where she received the John F. Kennedy Labor Law Award.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Daniel Zeitlin
Daniel Zeitlin has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) since April 2016. In that role, he advises the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and other agency leaders on the Department's policy priorities and helps manage the Department's regulatory agenda.
Zeitlin previously served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department where he also served as a liaison with Congress on workforce development and international trade issues. Prior to joining the Department in 2014, Zeitlin served as Legislative Director for Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) where he managed her legislative portfolio and advised her on a range of domestic and foreign policy issues. Zeitlin held a variety of positions in both the private and non-profit sector prior to joining Congresswoman DeLauro's staff in 2007.
Zeitlin received his M.A. in international security studies from the University of Denver and his B.A. from Miami University.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Stephanie Swirsky
Stephanie Swirsky has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor since June 2015. In that role, she is responsible for the operations of the agency and advises the Principal Deputy Secretary for Policy and other agency leaders on the Department's policy priorities and helps manage the Department's regulatory agenda.
Swirsky previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary, Office of the Executive Secretariat. She has over thirty years in public service that has included serving as a Senior Advisor to Secretaries Reich and Herman on collective bargaining and labor-management relations, international trade and labor standards issues; Business Liaison and Deputy Director of the Public Liaison in OSEC's Office of Public Liaison; Director of Programs in the Office of the American Workplace; and Division Chief in the Bureau of Cooperative Labor-Management Programs.
Swirsky has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations and Government from Cornell University and has a Master's Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Chief Evaluation Officer Molly Irwin
Molly Irwin, 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. Dr. Irwin has more than 20 years of experience planning, leading, and conducting large-scale research and evaluation projects and working with policy makers, researchers, and practitioners to build and use evidence with the goal of improving public programs. She has more than seven years of Federal government experience in two of the premier Federal evaluation offices DOL's Chief Evaluation Office and the Office of Planning Research and Evaluation in HHS's Administration for Children and Families. Prior to coming to the Federal government, Dr. Irwin led research projects and initiatives in local and state government, the private sector, and academia. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.