WASHINGTON – The Senate voted 54-42 Wednesday to confirm Jocelyn Samuels, the Executive Director of the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, to a Democratic seat on the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This action came one day after the Senate confirmed Andrea Lucas and Keith Sonderling to Republican seats on the commission.
Samuels has served as executive director of the Williams Institute since 2017. Before joining the Institute, she served as director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services Department and as acting assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama administration. Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior policy attorney at EEOC.
“I am humbled and honored to serve, and hope to be able to advance the rights of vulnerable communities in this new role,” said Samuels in an emailed media statement to the Blade. “It has been a true privilege to work at the Williams Institute over the last three-plus years, and I remain committed to doing all I can to support its vital mission.”