|Christine M. Griffin|
Deputy Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management
January 4, 2010
|Preceded by||Howard Weizmann|
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Maritime Academy (B.S., 1983), Boston College Law School (J.D., 1993)|
|Website||Christine M. Griffin|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1974–1977|
After military service during the Vietnam War in the 1970s, Griffin graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1983 and worked for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She received a Juris Doctor from the Boston College Law School in 1993 and held posts in disability advocacy groups and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she worked as acting vice chair, until 2009. In April 2009, she was nominated as deputy director of the United States Office of Personnel Management under John Berry and confirmed by the United States Senate in July 2009.
Griffin was born in the mid-1950sN- in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts. She went to St. Patrick's High School in Roxbury, Boston and served on active duty in the United States Army from 1974 to 1977 during the Vietnam War. Griffin later entered the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to become a marine engineer. A car accident in her third year left her partially paralyzed and using a wheelchair. She graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in marine engineering.
After her graduation, Griffin tested medical devices in a laboratory of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Winchester, Massachusetts. She later became a field investigator and faced difficulty due to her disability. A FDA prosecution of a medical device manufacturer got Griffin interested in law and she entered Boston College Law School in 1990 to become a legal adviser for the FDA or a medical equipment company. As a student, Griffin was hired as an intern to study the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 for a Boston lobbyist and came in contact with disability rights movement advocates. She graduated in 1993 with a Juris Doctor. Upon graduation, she was awarded a Skadden Arps Fellowship at the Boston Disability Law Center and worked as Interim President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy from 1993 to 1994.
From 1995 to 1996, Griffin served as an attorney advisor to the Vice Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Paul Igasaki, and served as executive director of the Boston Disability Law Center from 1996 to 2005. Griffin is a labor law expert and was named "Lawyer of the Year" by Lawyers Weekly in 2005.
Griffin is a Democrat, and in 2005 agreed to fill a vacancy on the bipartisan Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was nominated by President George W. Bush on July 28, 2005, and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on November 4, 2005. Griffin was sworn in January 3, 2006, to serve the remainder of a five-year term expiring July 1, 2009, and became the first female member of the commission with a physical disability. As commissioner, Griffin advocated for increasing the number of disabled workers in the federal government. In January 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Griffin as acting vice chairman of the commission.
President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Griffin as deputy director of the United States Office of Personnel Management on April 17, 2009. She was nominated May 12, 2009, and confirmed by the United States Senate July 30. Griffin took office on January 4, 2010.