In 2012, Emily DeRocco launched a Washington, D.C.-based consulting practice linking education, workforce and economic development assets for competitive advantage.
In addition to her reform work with state and local officials, during the past 3 years, she has served as an officer and director of education and workforce for the Detroit-based manufacturing innovation institute, a member of the Manufacturing USA network; as director of the National Network of Business & Industry Associations for Business Roundtable; and as a member of several higher education institutions’ boards. She has recently been named to the Australian Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board, reporting to the Minister of Defense Industry.
DeRocco is the past president of The Manufacturing Institute where she focused on building an educated and skilled manufacturing workforce. In 2001, she was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Labor responsible for managing a $10 billion investment in the nation’s workforce and using talent development strategies to drive competitive advantage for America’s businesses.
DeRocco has represented the United States at the G-8 Labor Ministerials, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Western Hemisphere Competitiveness Forum, U.S.-Canada Policy Forums, and U.S.-EU Dialogues.
She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and received her Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown Law Center.