Bio: Naomi Barry-Perez ’96

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Naomi M. Barry-Pérez currently serves as the director of civil rights for the U.S. Department of Labor. In this role 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. Ms. Barry-Pérez has also been 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 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 was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in 2013.