White House disability liaison steps down

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Disability liaison returns to DOL

Claudia Gordon stepped down March 28 as the second-ever White House liaison on disability issues.

Gordon began in the position in July 2013. She replaced Kareem Dale, who served for all of President Obama’s first term.

“During her term, Claudia amplified numerous issues of importance to both the disability community and the Administration,” said Jeff Rosen, chairperson of the National Council on Disability, said in a news release. “Under her stewardship, disability issues received heightened visibility and inclusion reflecting both the diversity of our community and our value to the nation at large.”

Gordon, the first deaf African American woman to become an attorney, will return to the U.S. Department of Labor. Prior to her appointment as the White House disability liaison, Gordon worked as the DOL’s Special Assistant to Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, where she oversaw its efforts to improve disability hiring in its contracting practices.

The position’s formal title is the White House’s Public Engagement Advisor for the Disability Community in the Office of Public Engagement.

“We deeply appreciate Ms. Gordon’s work with the disability community in the White House Office of Public Engagement, and wish her the best in her future endeavors,” an administration official told Disability Scoop.