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Deputy Executive Director for the House

Alma R. Candelaria was appointed by the Chair of the Board of the Office of Compliance to serve a five-year term as Deputy Executive Director for the House in September 2001.

Prior to joining the Office of Compliance, Ms. Candelaria served as the Senior Advisor to the Associate Deputy Administrator for Management and Administration at the U.S. Small Business Administration. From 1993 through 1999, Ms. Candelaria worked at the U.S. Department of Labor, first as a Senior Legislative Officer with the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs and as Chief of Staff to the Director of the Women's Bureau. During her tenure at DOL, legislative victories included amendments to the Fair Labor Standard Act, successful implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act, legislative reform and oversight of labor protective programs for transportation workers, oversight and outreach on equal employment opportunity programs as administered by DOL for government contractors, strengthened pension rights and a variety of educational efforts to increase worker's rights and responsibilities.

Other key positions include Legislative Assistant to former Congressman Esteban E. Torres (CA-34), Director of Leadership Development and Government Affairs at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and Programs Director with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In each of these positions, Ms. Candelaria honed her skills in the public policy making process. Ms. Candelaria brings with her a unique blend of experience from the legislative, executive and advocacy organization perspective.

Ms. Candelaria received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science (cum laude) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in Washington, D.C.


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