LAPA is pleased to host a private Undergraduate and Graduate Lunch with Ms. Ann O’Leary, Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Health, Economic & Family Security (Berkeley CHEFS). Ms. O’Leary’s visit is made possible through the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Fellowship through Mentorship Program for WWS. This program currently affords the opportunity to invite prominent leaders to Princeton for a one-to-three day visit to campus to mentor undergraduate students.
Ann O'Leary is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Health, Economic & Family Security (Berkeley CHEFS) located at UC Berkeley School of Law. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC.
The mission of Berkeley CHEFS is to develop and advance creative solutions to address the economic risks faced by working Americans with a focus on improving access to health care, developing better protections for workers who are voluntarily or involuntarily on leave from their jobs, supporting working parents in a flexible workplace, and ensuring that seniors can be secure in their retirement years.
O'Leary previously served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Francisco where she spearheaded an effort to develop affirmative public policy litigation on behalf of the working poor. Prior to her work in the City Attorney's office, she clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. From 2001 through 2003, she served as legislative director for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. From 1994 through 2000, O'Leary served in a number of positions in the Clinton Administration, including special assistant to the President in the Domestic Policy Council, and senior policy advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Education.
O'Leary serves on the boards of San Francisco-based Public Advocates, a non-profit public law office focused on challenging the systemic causes of poverty and discrimination by promoting civil rights, and the Bay Area American Constitution Society Chapter. She was also a volunteer policy advisor to the Hillary Clinton for President campaign on issues related to children and working families.
She received her bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College, master's degree from Stanford University, and law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law. O'Leary is the author of How Family Leave Laws Left Out Low-Income Workers, 28 Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab L. 1 (2007).