*Leave of absence due to temporary assignment at the White House
In July 2013, Claudia L. Gordon, Esq., was appointed associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. In this prestigious and vitally important position, Ms. Gordon serves President Barack Obama's administration as an adviser on disability issues.
Ms. Gordon is well-qualified for this role as a liaison between the White House and the disability community. She came to the job from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, where she was special assistant to the director. Earlier in her career, she was senior policy adviser for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and staff attorney for the National Association of the Deaf. Awards she has received include the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Gold Medal and the Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities.
Since her appointment to our Board of Trustees in June 2011, Ms. Gordon has demonstrated superb leadership skills on numerous occasions regarding important University issues. She has also been a lecturer in Gallaudet's Department of Social Work.