Bachelor of Science, Cornell University, 1983. Juris Doctor cum laude, New York University, 1990.
Field representative Seafarers International Union, 1983—1988. Law clerk to Honorary William Canby United States Court Appeals (9th circuit). Law clerk to Honorary Gene Carter United States District Court, District Maine.
Senior advisor to secretary United States Department Labor, Washington, 1993—2000, acting assistant secretary for policy, 2009, deputy secretary, since 2009. Professor law, director Labor & Employment Law Program New York Law School, New York City, 2000—2009. Member Clinton-Gore Transition Team, 1992.
Ex-officio member 21st Century Workforce Commission. Senior fellow Life Without Limits Project, United Cerebral Palsy Association. Member National Advisory Commission on Workplace Flexibility.
Chair Labor, Employment and Workplace Policy Committee, co-chair Disability Policy Committee Obama for America, 2008. Labor, education and transportation working group leader Obama Transition Team, 2008—2009.