Deputy Director Joan Harrigan-Farrelly
Joan Harrigan-Farrelly joined the Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor in December 2012 and serves as the Deputy Director.
Prior to joining the Women’s Bureau, Ms. Harrigan-Farrelly worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 14 years and has had the unique opportunity to work in various leadership positions across the Agency. She has served as the Director of the Antimicrobials Division in the Office of Pesticide Programs; as the Director, Resources Management Division in the Superfund Program; as Branch Chief in the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water; and as Senior Advisor in EPA's Office of Homeland Security.
Prior to her service with EPA, Ms. Harrigan-Farrelly worked at United States Agency for International Development as a Women in Development Senior Fellow in the Policy Bureau, focusing on gender and environmental issues.
Ms. Harrigan-Farrelly served as First Lady of the United States Virgin Islands from 1991 to 1995, while at the same time working as the Director, Coastal Zone Management Program. As First Lady, she advocated on behalf of women, children and families, working on domestic violence issues, setting up literacy programs, reducing teen pregnancy and gun violence.
Ms. Harrigan-Farrelly holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree from New York University.
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