Before coming to Harvard, Sharon led the policy office at the U.S. Department of Labor and served as Senior Counselor to Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. For twenty years, Sharon has held key labor policy positions across the legislative and executive branches of the federal government, including appointment by President Obama to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board. She also was Senior Labor and Employment Counsel to the Senate HELP Committee under Senator Edward Kennedy. While serving in the Obama White House as Senior Public Engagement Advisor for Labor and Working Families, Sharon led the historic White House Summit on Worker Voice, which explored ways for workers to fully participate in their economic future. She writes frequently on labor and economic justice issues in major media outlets, including as a Senior Contributor to OnLabor.org. Sharon is a member of the NELP
Board of Directors.
Block received her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she received the John F. Kennedy Labor Law Award.
From the lack of paid sick leave to a shortage of hospital beds, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed glaring problems in our social infrastructure. Those who remain on the job in essential industries risk exposure, and therefore their lives, every day. The threat posed to working people today is both an immediate crisis and also