The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EEOC Performance and Accountability Report FY 2004


Appendix A: Biographies of the Commissioners and General Counsel

Cari M. Dominguez, Chair

Photo of Chair DominguezCari M. Dominguez is the 12th Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Her five-year term expires on July 1, 2006.

As EEOC Chair, Ms. Dominguez continues her distinguished career in the federal government, having served from 1989-1993 in the U.S. Department of Labor as Assistant Secretary for Employment Standards and as Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. In the latter capacity, she launched and led the Labor Department's "Glass Ceiling Initiative," designed to remove invisible barriers from the workplace.

Ms. Dominguez brings to the Commission a broad perspective and a wealth of expertise in employment and workplace issues gained in a variety of settings: as a small business owner, as a consultant, and as a corporate executive. She owned Dominguez & Associates, a management consulting firm that serviced many Fortune 500 companies in the areas of workforce preparedness assessments and employment related issues. She was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles and a Director at Spencer Stuart, two globally recognized executive search firms. Her corporate experience includes various human resources positions with Bank America Corporation, including Director of Executive Programs.

Naomi Churchill Earp, Vice Chair

Photo of Vice Chair EarpNaomi Churchill Earp joined the EEOC on April 28, 2003, to serve in the capacity of Vice Chair. She received a recess appointment by President George W. Bush on April 22 to complete the remainder of a five-year term expiring July 1, 2005. She was subsequently re-nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in October 2003.

Ms. Earp's work experience in promoting diversity in the EEO field includes a series of progressively responsible leadership positions with various Federal agencies, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institutes of Health, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She brings to the EEOC refined expertise in the EEO field, as well as, hands-on leadership and management experience.

Paul Steven Miller, Commissioner
Term Expired: July 2004

Photo of Commissioner MillerPaul Steven Miller was one of the longest serving Commissioners in the 40-year history of EEOC. He was first nominated as a Commissioner of the EEOC by President Bill Clinton in May 1994, and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate several months later. The Senate twice more unanimously confirmed Mr. Miller as Commissioner.

Prior to his appointment at EEOC, Mr. Miller was Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs and as the White House liaison to the disability community. Earlier, he was the Director of Litigation for the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, a non-profit legal services center specializing in disability rights issues. There, Mr. Miller litigated disability rights cases of all types, including employment, education, transportation, and access discrimination. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a Visiting Lecturer of Law at the University of California at Los Angeles. Mr. Miller began his career as a litigator for a large Los Angeles law firm.

Leslie E. Silverman, Commissioner

Photo of Commissioner SilvermanLeslie E. Silverman was sworn in on March 7, 2002, as a Commissioner to serve the remainder of a term expiring July 1, 2003. Ms. Silverman was re-nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a five-year term in October 2003.

Ms. Silverman's work experience in labor and employment law includes positions in both the public and private sectors. Immediately prior to joining the Commission, she served for five years as Labor Counsel to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. In that capacity, she provided legal advice and counsel on EEO law and wage and hour matters, as well as on labor standards and labor-management relations, to the Committee's Chairman, James Jeffords, and subsequently to Senator Judd Gregg, the Ranking Member.

Stuart Ishimaru, Commissioner

Photo of Commissioner IshimaruStuart J. Ishimaru was sworn in on November 17, 2003, as a Commissioner to serve the remainder of a term expiring July 1, 2007. Mr. Ishimaru was nominated by President George W. Bush on October 14 and confirmed by the full U.S. Senate on October 31, 2003.

Mr. Ishimaru previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice between 1999 and 2001, where he served as a principal advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and focused on management, policy, and political issues involving the Civil Rights Division. Prior to this, as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division for five years, Mr. Ishimaru provided advice on a broad range of issues, including legislative affairs, politics, and strategies. In 1993, Mr. Ishimaru was appointed by President Clinton to be the Acting Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and from 1984–1993, he served on the professional staffs of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights and two House Armed Services Subcommittees of the U.S. Congress.

Eric Dreiband, General Counsel

Eric Dreiband joined EEOC on August 11, 2003, as General Counsel. He was nominated by President George W. Bush on February 4, 2003, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 31, 2003. Mr. Dreiband will serve as General Counsel for a four-year term.

Mr. Dreiband brings to the Commission a strong background in litigation. Before joining the EEOC, he served as Deputy Administrator for Policy in the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. Earlier he worked with the Chicago law firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Mawe, where he litigated cases before state and Federal trial courts, appellate courts, and administrative agencies throughout the United States. Mr. Dreiband's practice included labor and employment, consumer fraud, computer fraud, internet dispute, class action, commercial dispute, and criminal cases. His areas of practice included Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination In Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Occupational Safety And Health Act. Mr. Dreiband also worked as a Federal prosecutor in the Office of the Independent Counsel.

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