Deborah
Berkowitz

Senior Fellow, Worker Safety & Health

Washington, D.C. Office

Areas of Expertise

Worker Safety and Health

Biography

Berkowitz has a long and distinguished track record in the field of occupational safety and health. Most recently, she served as senior policy advisor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and previously served as OSHA’s chief of staff from 2009 to 2013.

At OSHA, Berkowitz worked on many key initiatives, including strengthening enforcement in high-risk industries, improving whistleblower protections, and expanding assistance and outreach to small businesses and worker populations at greatest risk for work-related injuries and illnesses.

Before joining the public sector, Berkowitz spent a number of years building and leading worker safety and health programs inside the labor movement and with partner groups. Her past positions include health and safety director of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (1989-1998) and health and safety specialist and then program director at the Food and Allied Service Trades Department of the AFL-CIO (1979-1989).

Education

B.A. Oberlin College

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