Laura Davis is the Departmental Disability Employment Program Manager, within the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she is working to strengthen the overall disability employment program and increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Serving in this role, she is responsible for developing related program policies and procedures and providing guidance and technical assistance to all DHS Components. Prior to joining CRCL, Laura was the lead Special Emphasis Program Manager and Acting Diversity and Inclusion Division Chief at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Over the span of her 30 + years of Federal service, Laura has held several positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Fiscal Services, to include: Disability Employment Program Manager and Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator; Diversity Program Manager; Diversity and Outreach Branch Manager; and Acting Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion.
Laura is a CODA “Child of Deaf Adults,” and has always been interested in ensuring and advocating for equality and access since a very young age. Starting with speaking up for her Deaf parents, to ensure they had equal access to communication. Prior to the Americans with Disabilities Act, she often was required to interpret and translate as a young child using American Sign Language (ASL). Laura resides in Maryland with her husband and is a proud mother of two adult daughters, who loves spending time with her grandchildren, and boating with family and friends.