PKZ’s 2013 Woman of the Year: Claudia Gordon

The National Organization of the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority, Inc, is pleased to announce the selection of Claudia Gordon, Esq. as its Woman of the Year. Ms. Gordon will be honored at a Tea Luncheon on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Gallaudet University. In July, 2013, Ms. Gordon was President Obama's appointee to the White House Office of Public Engagement as the Public Engagement Advisor to the Disability Community. She serves as a liaison between the disability community and the Obama administration.

She was formerly with the Department of Labor as a special assistant to the Assistant Secretary in the office of Federal Contracts and Compliance. She also served as a senior advisor in the Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Mrs. Gordon is the first deaf African-American to become an attorney, and the first deaf graduate of the American University Washington College of Law.

She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree in 2000 and became an Equal Justice Foundation Fellow. Ms. Gordon then went on to work for the National Association of the Deaf's Law and Advocacy Center from 2000 to 2002.

Born in Jamaica, Ms. Gordon lost her hearing the age of eight. Because of her hearing loss she could no longer attend school in Jamaica, and by the age of 11 her mother had moved to New York City where Ms. Gordon was enrolled at the Lexington school for the Deaf, learning sign language for the first time.

Ms. Gordon is active in a variety of community activities, including the National Black Deaf Association (NBDA) and the National Coalition for Disability Rights. She also serves on Gallaudet University's Board of Trustees and the Board of the Lexington School for the Deaf.

Tickets for the Saturday, November 9th Tea Luncheon (which is open to all women) can be purchased online at