THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES IDA L. CASTRO TO BE DIRECTOR OF THE
WOMEN'S BUREAU AT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
The President announced today his intent to nominate Ida L. Castro to be the Director of the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor.
Ida L. Castro of New York, New York, currently serves as Acting Director of the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor. Ms. Castro, an attorney who has been actively involved in women's and labor issues throughout her career, has served in this capacity since March 1996. Prior to her position with the Women's Bureau, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Workers' Compensation for the Employment Standards Administration at the Department of Labor. Ms. Castro also served on detail as Acting Deputy Solicitor of Labor. Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Ms. Castro was appointed Senior Legal Counsel for Legal Affairs for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. In this position, she advised the general counsel on policy and litigation matters relevant to the areas of affirmative action and equal opportunity employment. She also served as Senior Assistant Vice President for External Affairs at New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Ms. Castro acted as Special Counsel to the President/Labor Designee and Director of Labor Relations at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York. This experience highlighted her capabilities in the areas of institutional leadership, equal opportunity and collective bargaining. In addition, Ms. Castro was a tenured professor of labor education at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She earned her B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico and her M.A. and J.D. degrees from Rutgers University.
The Director of the Women's Bureau advises and assists the Secretary of Labor in the development of Department of Labor policies and programs that promote the welfare of wage earning women and women in general. The Director provides policy direction, guidance, coordination, and evaluation of Women's Bureau programs in the Department of Labor and serves as the principal staff adviser to the Secretary of Labor on women's matters. The Women's Bureau promotes the welfare of wage earning women and seeks to improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.