Wilma Liebman : Biography
President Obama designated Wilma B. Liebman to be Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on January 20, 2009, his first day in office. She served as Chairman until August 27, 2011, when her third term expired. Since leaving the NLRB, she has served as a Visiting Professor at the College of Law and the School of Labor and Employment Relations, both at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and as Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School. In the fall 2013, she will serve as Senior Lecturer at Cornell University, School of Law and School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Before her appointment as NLRB Chairman, Ms. Liebman served as a Member of the NLRB. She was first appointed by President Clinton in 1997 and was confirmed by the Senate to a five-year term that expired on December 16, 2002. She was reappointed by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate to a second term that expired on August 27, 2006. She was again reappointed by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate to a third term that expired on August 27, 2011. She was the third longest serving Member of the NLRB in its 76-year history and served in both the majority and minority on the Board.
Prior to joining the NLRB, Ms. Liebman served for two years as Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). She acted as the chief operations officer of this federal agency, overseeing arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, international affairs and labor-management cooperation grants programs. In addition, Ms. Liebman advised the FMCS Director on issues involving major labor disputes and participated in significant negotiations as needed. From 1994-1996, Ms. Liebman served as Special Assistant to the Director of FMCS.
Prior to joining FMCS in January 1994, Ms. Liebman was Labor Counsel for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen from 1990 through 1993. She served as Legal Counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for nine years and as staff attorney with the NLRB from 1974 to 1980.
Ms. Liebman holds an A.B. degree from Barnard College and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute, a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Law Institute, and a past elected member of the Executive Board of the Industrial Relations Research Association.