Claudia A. Withers

Claudia Withers is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In that role, she is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Association, and reports directly to Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO. Ms. Withers was formerly COO of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where among other things she oversaw the development of the EEOC’s strategic plan for FY 2012-2016 and its implementation. As COO of the EEOC, Ms. Withers reported to Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien.

Prior to joining the EEOC, Claudia Withers was Director of Programs for the District of Columbia Bar Foundation, where she developed and directed grants and loan repayment programs to support civil legal services to the poor and underserved in the District of Columbia. Ms. Withers also served in the Clinton Administration as a Deputy General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education..

Ms. Withers served as the Executive Director of the Fair Employment Council of Greater Washington, and as the Director of Employment Programs for the National Partnership on Women and Families (Formerly Women’s Legal Defense Fund).

Ms. Withers has served as a consultant on EEO issues as a principal in her own consulting firm, Winston Withers Associates. She has been an adjunct professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law of the University of the District of Columbia and the American University School of Law.

Claudia Withers practiced law in Durham, NC. She clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Erwin for the Middle District of North Carolina. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill School of Law and Duke University.

Ms. Withers was formerly a member of the DC Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure, and is currently Chair of the Committee on Admissions of the DC Court of Appeals.