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Director of CRC Naomi Barry-Perez

Naomi M. Barry-Pérez
Director, Civil Rights Center
U.S. Department of Labor

Naomi M. Barry-Pérez currently serves as the Director of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Labor. Subsequently, she served as Deputy Director of Civil Rights. In these roles she has been responsible for administering the Department of Labor's Internal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) programs and ensuring Equal Opportunity (EO) in the Department's financially assisted and conducted programs.

Additionally, Ms. Barry-Pérez held the position of Chief of Internal Enforcement where she oversaw the investigation and adjudication of complaints of discrimination within the Department. She also served as Acting Chief of the Office of Compliance Assistance and Planning, the entity dedicated to providing Departmental stakeholders with information on how to comply with applicable laws and regulations.

Additionally, Ms. Barry-Pérez was responsible for coordinating efforts that pertain to persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) and migrant/seasonal farmworkers. Pursuant to Executive Order 13166, Ms. Barry-Pérez spearheaded development of the Department of Labor's Policy Guidance to federal financial assistance recipients regarding the prohibition against national origin discrimination affecting LEP individuals. She also created the Department's plan for improving the accessibility of federally conducted programs for LEP persons. Ms. Barry-Pérez served on the steering committee of the Federal Interagency Working Group on LEP.

Ms. Barry-Pérez served as a Budget Examiner in the Education Branch of the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President in 1999-2000. She also served as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Fellow in the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights in 1996-1997.

Ms. Barry-Pérez holds a Bachelor's Degree in Politics (cum laude) from Mount Holyoke College and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In addition, she held a Public Interest Law Fellowship at the Georgetown University Law Center where she received a Juris Doctor Degree. Ms. Barry-Pérez is the recipient of numerous National awards, including the inaugural Federal Employee Leadership Award given by the National Farmworker Conference, a National Hispanic Scholarship, a Harry S Truman Scholarship for Public Service, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Public Policy.

Ms. Barry-Pérez served as Chairwoman of the Board for Good Shepherd Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization that operated four comprehensive programs for at-risk youth in Washington, D.C., and as a Board Member of Americans for the Arts. Ms. Barry-Pérez has also served on a number of committees for Mount Holyoke College; presently, she sits on the College's Legacy of Diversity Committee.