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Ida L. Castro was sworn-in as the Chairwoman of the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on October 23, 1998. She is the first Hispanic female to serve in this capacity. Ms. Castro was nominated by President Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U. S. Senate.

From 1996, until she started at the Commission, Ms. Castro served as the Acting Director of the Women's Bureau at the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL). In that role, she administered the creation of a dynamic website, expanded outreach to working women, and fostered partnerships with small/medium sized businesses. She was responsible for formulating standards and policies to promote the welfare of wage-earning women. From 1994 to 1996, Ms. Castro served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for DOL and Director of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs. As an employment and labor law attorney, Ms. Castro demonstrated skills in negotiations and dispute resolution, developing innovative solutions to find common ground.

As an employment and labor law attorney, Ms. Castro served as Senior Legal Counsel for Legal affairs at the Health and Hospital Corporation of New York City, the nation's largest municipal health care system.

Ms. Castro received a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico. She has both an M.A. and J.D. degrees from Rutgers University of New Jersey.

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