Last week, Claudia Gordon began her new role in the White House Office of Public Engagement as the Public Engagement Advisor to the Disability Community. Gordon will be a liaison between the disability community and the Obama Administration, a role which was previously filled by Kareem Dale.
Previously, Gordon worked at the U.S. Department of Labor where she focused on improving employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. She has held leadership positions at the National Council for Disability, American Association of People with Disabilities, and the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center.
Gordon, who suddenly lost her hearing at age eight, hails from Jamaica and came to the United States when she was eleven. She graduated from American University Washington College of Law in 2000.
CEC congratulates Gordon on her new position and looks forward to working closely with her on issues impacting children and youth with disabilities and the professionals who work on their behalf.
For more insight on Gordon, read this interview from 2010 from the Council for Women and Girls within the White House, as part of the Meet the Women of the Administration series.