Education & Labor Team Lead


Seth Harris is a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project’s Agency Review Working Group responsible for overseeing review of the labor and education agencies.

Department of Education Review Team Lead

Judith A. Winston is a consultant on education and civil rights law and policy, and co-founder of the law firm Winston Withers & Associates. She served as General Counsel and Undersecretary in the Department of Education in the Clinton Administration. Previously, she was a law professor at American University and a Deputy Director of the Women’s Legal Defense Fund and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. She is a member of the Board of the Historical Society of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Southern Education Foundation, and the Community Technical Assistance Center.

Corporation for National Service Review Team Leads

Michael Camuñez is a partner in the Los Angeles office of the law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP. He is experienced in business litigation, corporate investigations, and regulatory defense, and has been recognized as one of California’s leading pro bono attorneys. He served in the Clinton Administration as the Senior Policy Advisor for National Service, where he helped establish and lead the Corporation for National Service and its flagship program, AmeriCorps. Previously, he was the Program Officer and Director of the National Service Demonstration Program at the bipartisan U.S. Commission on National and Community Service.

Deborah Jospin has been a partner at sagawa/jospin, a consulting practice based in Washington, DC, since 2001. She is also President of the Daniel Dutko Foundation, and chairs the board of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, where she also serves as a University Trustee. She joined the Corporation for National Service in 1993 as Associate General Counsel and Chief of Staff, and was appointed the first Director of AmeriCorps in 1997.

Shirley Sagawa is a fellow at the Center for American Progress, and co-author of The Charismatic Organization (2008) and Common Interest, Common Good (2000). She is also the co-founder of sagawa/jospin, which provides strategic counseling to nonprofits. In 1991, President Bush appointed her to the Commission on National and Community Service. She later served as Deputy Chief of Staff to First Lady Hillary Clinton and Special Assistant to President Clinton for Domestic Policy, where she drafted legislation creating the Corporation for National Service. She was the Corporation’s first managing director, and led the development of AmeriCorps.

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Review Team Leads

Thomas A. Kochan is the George M. Bunker Professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Co-Director of the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research. He has served as a mediator, fact finder, and arbitrator, was a consultant in 1979-80 to the Secretary of Labor in the Office of Policy Evaluation and Research, and was a member of the Clinton Administration’s Commission on the Future of Worker/Management Relations. He is a Past President of the International Industrial Relations Association and the Industrial Relations Research Association and was elected to the National Academy of Human Resources in 1997.

Nancy E. Peace is an arbitrator, mediator and trainer and the past-president of the Association for Conflict Resolution and its predecessor organization, the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. Peace is currently on the board of the Labor and Employment Research Association and is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and an associate member of the Boston Bar Association. She previously served as a Mediator/Arbitrator with the Massachusetts Board of Conciliation and Arbitration from 1983 to 1993; and in 2008, Governor Deval Patrick appointed her to the Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations Advisory Council.

Federal Labor Relations Authority Review Team Leads

Phyllis Segal is the Vice President of Civic Ventures and an executive education instructor on labor agreement negotiations at Harvard Law School and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Segal previously served as Chair of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (1994 – 2000), President and Legal Director of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Deputy Attorney General of Massachusetts. She is also a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Joseph Swerdzewski is an attorney and the founder of Joseph Swerdzewski and Associates, a human resource consulting and training firm. He previously served as the General Counsel of the FLRA from 1993 to 2001, and as the President and CEO of FPMI Solutions, a federal government contractor specializing in human resource outsourcing and training, from 2001 to 2004. Swerdzewski also served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force from 1975 to 1979 and in the Air Force Reserve until 1999.

Department of Labor Review Team Lead

Edward Montgomery is a Professor of Economics and the Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at University of Maryland, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Trustee of the Council for Excellence in Government. He was Co-Chair of Obama for America’s Labor, Employment, and Workplace Policy Committee. He served as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor and Chief Economist and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy during the Clinton Administration, and he previously held positions at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Urban Institute and Joint Center for Political and Economic Research.

National Mediation Board Review Team Lead

Cynthia Estlund is the Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law at New York University and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. She has written extensively on labor and employment law. She previously taught at the University of Texas Law School, where she served as an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and at Columbia Law School. Prior to entering law teaching, Ms. Estlund clerked for Patricia Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and practiced law for several years, primarily with the labor law firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser in Washington, D.C.

Linda A. Puchala is Senior Mediator / Associate Director of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services at the National Mediation Board. In addition to mediating airline and railroad collective bargaining disputes for the NMB since 1999, Ms. Puchala is responsible for the ADR program that includes interest-based bargaining training, grievance mediation and facilitation services. She is also a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). Ms. Puchala has 40 years of experience in labor relations, including serving as president of a major airline union and staff director of a public employee union.

Railroad Retirement Board Review Team Lead

Richard Huberman has worked in the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission as Counsel to Thomasina Rogers, Commissioner and former Chairman, since 1998. From 1995-1997, he served on the Democratic staff of the House Education and Labor Committee handling workplace safety and pension issues. From 1980-1995, he served as Counsel to the Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee handling railroad and consumer protection issues. He previously was a staff attorney for the former Office of Rail Public Counsel.

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