Jennifer Sheehy

U.S. Department of Labor

Jennifer Sheehy (MBA, Georgetown University) is the deputy assistant secretary leading the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor. ODEP's mission is to develop policies that increase job opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. In 2016, the president appointed her to serve on the U.S. AbilityOne Commission. Prior to her current position, Ms. Sheehy spent 10 years at the U.S. Department of Education in many roles, including acting director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, acting deputy commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and special assistant to the assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Ms. Sheehy came to the Department of Education from the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, where she was senior policy advisor and served a detail as associate director in the White House Domestic Policy Council. Prior to joining the task force, Ms. Sheehy was vice president of the National Organization on Disability and Director of its CEO Council. She has worked for Marriott, Sheraton, and Anheuser-Busch. Ms. Sheehy has received many civic and achievement awards, including the 2019 Presidential Rank Award, Accenture Women in Government's "Rising Leader" award, and Diet Coke/Glamour magazine's "Women at Their Best" award. Ms. Sheehy co-facilitated the discussion of the “Early Intervention” and “Youth Transition” presentations at Lessons from SSA Demonstrations: A State of the Science Meeting.

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