Office of the First Lady
Council Designee: Jocelyn Frye, Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Director of Policy and Special Projects for the First Lady
Jocelyn Frye is the Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Director of Policy and Special Projects for the First Lady. In this role, she oversees the broad issue portfolio of the First Lady, with a particular focus on women, families, and engagement with the greater DC community.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Frye served as General Counsel at the National Partnership for Women & Families in Washington, DC. There she directed the National Partnership's Workplace Fairness Program, concentrating on a wide range of employment and gender discrimination issues, with a particular emphasis on employment barriers facing women of color and low-income women.
Ms. Frye has extensive experience working on issues related to equal employment opportunity and workplace fairness. During her 15-year tenure at the National Partnership, she testified before Congress and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on federal enforcement of employment discrimination laws, analyzed the effectiveness of federal equal employment enforcement efforts, coordinated amicus curiae briefs and work on judicial nominations, and participated in a number of civil rights and women's coalitions.
Ms. Frye received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1985 with a double major in Political Science and English, and her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. After graduating from law school, she worked as an associate at Crowell & Moring, a Washington, DC law firm, concentrating in the white-collar crime and labor law practice areas. Ms. Frye is a native of Washington, DC, and is involved in a number of community and volunteer activities.