The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy (The Institute) joins its colleagues at the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) in welcoming Terry O’Neill, former president of the National Organization for Women and longtime leader in the progressive movement, as NELA’s Executive Director. Terry also will serve as Interim Executive Director of The Institute, which expects to hire its first full-time Executive Director later this year.
“In Terry we welcome a leader whose vision, intellect, and experience are as formidable as the hurdles workers face today,” said NELA President James H. Kaster. “She is a champion of issues that NELA and The Institute care about. Her skill in creating successful national campaigns will be critical as we confront this moment in which attacks against the most vulnerable segments of our society are rampant in the workplace and beyond.”
From 2009–2017 Terry served as President of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and has deep roots in the feminist community. Prior to her tenure with NOW, Terry was Chief of Staff to Montgomery County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg, Executive Director of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, and law professor at the University of California, Davis School of Law and Tulane University School of Law. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Transformative Justice Coalition and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare (NCPSSM) and NCPSSM Foundation, and she is the Treasurer of the National Council of Women’s Organizations. Terry earned her law degree, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Tulane University School of Law.
“NELA empowers advocates who enforce our civil rights laws for working people, which is more important than ever,” says Terry. “The expertise within the NELA family is unparalleled—no one knows the reality of upholding employees’ rights better than those who do it on a daily basis. I am honored to join NELA and The Institute in the fight for equality and justice in our nation’s workplaces.”