Emily DeRocco is the former president of The Manufacturing Institute and its new National Center for the American Workforce. She is also the senior vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) . She co-authored a seminal TIME magazine message to policy makers and business leaders about a national workforce talent strategy to foster a new generation of skilled manufacturing workers for the 21st century.
In 2001, DeRocco was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the assistant Secretary of Labor where she was responsible for managing a $10 billion investment in the nation’s workforce.
During her tenure with the Labor Department, DeRocco chaired or vice-chaired numerous boards and commissions, including the Education and Workforce Committee of the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education, among several others. She also brings over 10 years of private sector experience in managing a national non-profit organization and prior federal government experience at the Departments of Energy and Interior, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission.
DeRocco earned a bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and her Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown Law Center.