Office of Public Engagement
Allison Zelman Director of the Office of Public Engagement
Allison Zelman is currently the Director of Public Engagement to the Secretary at the Department of Labor. Prior to joining the Department, Allison was the Managing Director for the Women's Initiative at the Center for American Progress (CAP) working on policy development and managing the political and advocacy strategy for women's economic security issues. Previously she was the Campaign Manager for Gun Policy Mobilization where she worked to coordinate state and federal strategies on gun violence prevention.
From 2011 to 2012 she served as the Pennsylvania State Field Director for the Obama 2012 Presidential campaign, responsible for managing hundreds of staff and creating a successful statewide field program. Prior to joining the campaign Allison worked at The White House for the Domestic Policy Council and Council on Environmental Quality. She joined the Administration after working on the Obama campaign from 2007 to 2008. Allison also served on the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Inaugural Committees.
Born in Oakland, Maryland, Allison graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor's degree in international relations. She focused on Latin America, taking time to study the aftermath of the Pinochet regime in Chile, which instilled her life's dedication to social justice.
Shauna McCarty Advisor to the Secretary
Shauna Lynne McCarty was appointed in 2014 by the Obama Administration to serve as an Advisor to the Secretary in the Office of Public Engagement. Ms. McCarty's portfolio includes women and the LGBT community as well as the working families' agenda. This is Ms. McCarty's second political appointment by the Obama Administration. She previously served at the Department of the Interior as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget.
Before moving to Washington, DC, Ms. McCarty practiced law for more than a dozen years in both the public and private sector. She has been selected by two Massachusetts Treasurers and Receivers General to positions within the MA government. She served at the MA State Lottery Commission as Assistant Director/ Associate General Counsel. The first woman to win state-wide Constitutional office in MA appointed Ms. McCarty to serve as associate general counsel to the MA State Retirement Board where she served the largest public retirement system in Massachusetts. Ms. McCarty has also been appointed by two consecutive MA mayors to the City's Retirement Board where she oversaw public pension policy issues for the Contributory Retirement System, supervised benefit administration and oversaw financial firms investing $130MM of assets.
Ms. McCarty has also worked in the legislative branch for the MA House of Representatives, including the House Post Audit and Oversight Bureau where she served as Assistant Director and Deputy General Counsel and as a legislative Aide for a State Representative.
Ms. McCarty received her B.S. in communication studies at Northwestern University and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Jumoke Balogun Advisor to the Secretary of Labor
Jumoke Balogun is an Advisor in the Office of Public Engagement. In her current role she covers campaigns around minimum wage, summer jobs, ban/beyond the box and re-entry. She also leads engagement with leaders in the African American community.
Prior to her appointment, Jumoke served as Senior Communications Manager at Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization. In this role, she managed the portfolio of multiple policy issues areas including education equity, dismantling the school-to prison pipeline and school closures. Additionally, she supported grassroots organizations in Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and Florida.
Jumoke also previously served on the national media team at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). In this capacity, she helped drive day-to-day media relations and editorial work for several campaigns and served as speechwriter for SEIU's President Mary Kay Henry. She has worked at both the Missouri House of Representatives and the United States House of Representatives, serving as legislative correspondent for Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO 1st District).
She received her Bachelors in Media Relations from the University of Missouri Kansas-City and her Masters in International Affairs from American University. Her writing on international affairs has resulted in interview request from BBC Radio, PBS News Hour, NPR's Here and Now, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Al Jazeera. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, WorldPost and at the London School of Economics. A proud immigrant from Nigeria, she is an advocate for gender equity, sustainable development, collective bargaining rights, immigrant rights and racial justice.
Kimble Burke DellaFave-Snyder Advisor on Working Family Engagement
Kimble Burke DellaFave-Snyder is a Special Assistant to the Secretary, in the Office of Public Engagement. In her current role she covers issues around retirement security, the lead on leave, consistent scheduling, the Affordable Care Act, and overtime. Kimble began working at the Department of Labor in 2013 as part of the Secretary's advance staff, and also worked on his ACA outreach.
Previously, Kimble worked as an events manager for the 2012 Presidential Inaugural Committee, overseeing the Inaugural Ball, Staff Ball and Kids Concert. She also worked as part of the First Lady's White House advance team starting in 2010 and then throughout the 2012 Obama Presidential Campaign. Prior to working for this administration she managed a medical clinic in Boston, MA. Her additional professional experience includes non-profit development and community outreach.
Kimble currently sits on the Alexandria Commission on HIV/AIDS, as well as a board member for the Potomac Crescent Waldorf School in Alexandria, VA. She obtained her undergraduate degree with honors in Art History from the University of Washington, pursued a non-degree pre-medical program at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and is currently finishing her Masters in Global Medical Policy through George Mason University.
Edgar Gonzalez Advisor on Private Sector Engagement
Edgar Gonzalez's policy and political experience includes working for then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama since 2006, the Obama for America presidential campaign and subsequently being appointed to roles in the administration to both the White House as well as the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during the President's first term. After 4 years in the Administration, Edgar took a short hiatus to go work for a 501(c) (4) organization working on progressive public policy messaging and then became a founding member of a grassroots advocacy-consulting firm that engaged on key progressive priorities such as climate change, gun violence and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Edgar recently re-joined the Obama Administration and was appointed as a Special Assistant for Public Engagement to Secretary Thomas Perez for the U.S. Department of Labor. In this role, Edgar's portfolio includes business and the private sector, foundations, immigration, Re-Entry, and the White House's My Brother's Keeper initiative.
A proud son of immigrant and blue-collar workers, Edgar was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois and is a graduate of DePaul University. He is passionate about grassroots politics, traveling the world, and talking about sports especially his hometown teams; Da Bears, Bulls, Cubs, Blackhawks and his newfound love of soccer after attending the World Cup in Brazil!
Alison Omens Advisor on Private Sector Engagement
Alison Omens is an Advisor for Private Sector Engagement for the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor. She's responsible for business engagement around the Department's future of work efforts, responsible business practices and conscious and inclusive capitalism, paid leave and summer youth opportunities.
Previously, she was a Senior Advisor and Vice President at Outreach Strategies, a mission-driven energy and environmental strategic communications firm in Washington, DC. There she worked with foundations, businesses, and nonprofits on city and state climate adaptation, the impact of natural gas, and sustainability issues. Previously she was the Director of Media Outreach and Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the AFL-CIO where she oversaw a team responsible for strategic communications and national media strategy in Washington, DC and in key states around the country.
In 2015, she graduated with an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, where she studied the opportunities for impact through strategic partnerships with businesses and government. She has a BA from Scripps College and is originally from San Diego, California.