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Greetings/Introduction of Chair

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Delner Franklin-Thomas
Acting Director, Office of Field Programs, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Delner Franklin-Thomas is Acting Director of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office of Field Programs (OFP). OFP provides overall direction, coordination, leadership and technical assistance to ensure the effective efficient operation of EEOC’s Private Sector Enforcement Program, Federal Sector Hearings Program, State, Local and Tribal Programs, Alternative

Dispute Resolution Program, and Outreach and Education Programs. Prior to associating with OFP’s national program in 2021, Ms. Franklin-Thomas served as District Director of the Memphis District, where she oversaw the enforcement of the major laws against employment discrimination in the states of Tennessee,

Arkansas and the northern seventeen counties in Mississippi.

Ms. Franklin-Thomas joined the EEOC as a Trial Attorney in the New York District Office and was promoted to the Supervisory Trial Attorney of the Office. She was subsequently promoted to the Regional Attorney of the Miami District Office, where she oversaw litigation of cases that furthered the development of the law under the statutes EEOC enforces. During her tenure as Regional Attorney, she also served as a planning and presenting faculty member for EEOC’s National Trial Skills Program.

From 2006 to 2018, Ms. Franklin-Thomas served as District Director of the EEOC’s Birmingham District Office, where she was responsible for the enforcement of EEOC’s anti-employment discrimination laws in the states of Alabama, Mississippi and the panhandle of Florida. During her tenure as Director of the Birmingham District, Ms. Franklin-Thomas served as a member of the Executive Resources Review Board, which serves as an advisor to the EEOC Chair and provides general oversight of the management of all executive resources, the Co-Chair of the Committee of Advisors for Systemic Enforcement, which serves to evaluate and make recommendations for EEOC’s systemic program, as a member of EXCEL Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Peer Review Board, charged with reviewing and evaluating the performance appraisal of Senior Executives and making final recommendations to the Chair on each executive’s final performance rating and award. Her leadership of the Birmingham District was recognized by the Birmingham Metropolitan NAACP with the 2016 Civil Rights Agency of the Year Award.

Ms. Franklin-Thomas is a four-time recipient of the Chair’s Organizational Performance Award, the highest honor conferred within the EEOC. Prior to joining EEOC, Ms. Franklin-Thomas worked as a Legal Consultant and Project Director for Legal Outreach, Inc., a legal education program affiliated with Columbia University, School of Law. She also served as a federal judicial law clerk to the late Honorable Robert M. McRae, Jr., former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Ms. Franklin-Thomas is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University, School of Law.