Jacqueline A. Berrien, American lawyer, Died at 53

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Jacqueline Berrien was born on November 28, 1961, and died on November 9, 2015.

Headed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under President Obama from 2009 to 2014.

Jacqueline had previously been a lawyer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NAACP LDF).

She was born in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 28, 1961. She graduated from Oberline College and Harvard Law School At Harvard.

Jacqueline was general editor of The Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

She was a program officer for the Ford Foundation, overseeing grants to often under-represented groups in the area of peace and justice from 2001 to 2004.

Jacqueline worked for the American Civil Liberties Union in the Women’s Rights Project.

She worked for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Jacqueline joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund as assistant counsel in 1994 with a focus on voting rights and school desegregation.

She was selected by President Barack Obama to head the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2009.

Jacqueline also taught at Harvard Law School and New York Law School.

She was married to Peter M. Williams and lived in Washington, D.C.

Jacqueline passed away in Baltimore on November 9, 2015.

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