Vicki Shabo is one of the nation’s leading experts on women’s workplace issues and policies like paid family and medical leave. Shabo currently directs the National Partnership for Women & Families’ workplace policy initiatives, with a special focus on winning a national paid family and medical leave law in the not-too-distant future. Under Shabo’s leadership for the past nine years, the National Partnership’s workplace team has been integrally involved in landmark policy victories, including winning federal executive action on paid sick days, equal pay and sex discrimination; dozens of state and local paid leave and paid sick days laws covering tens of millions of workers; and many private sector policy changes. These advances build on the organization’s long history of fighting for and winning public policies and cultural changes that promote workplace fairness and women’s economic security.
Shabo serves as a trusted resource for policymakers, business leaders, advocates, researchers and the media. She has testified multiple times in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, and her perspective and analyses have been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR and MSNBC, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press and numerous other outlets.
Prior to joining the National Partnership, Shabo practiced law, worked as a pollster and political strategist, and served as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. She holds degrees from Pomona College (B.A.), the University of Michigan (M.A.) and the University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D.), where she served as editor-in-chief of the North Carolina Law Review.
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