Veronica Venture – Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
Venture was born in Georgetown, Guyana. Ms. Venture's
family then moved to Wheatley Heights, NY, where she
spent her formative years. Ms. Venture graduated from
Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, with
a Bachelor of Arts in English and Government. Subsequently,
Ms. Venture served as a Research Assistant for Connecticut
College where she aided in translating documents from "olde" French
into modern French. Thereafter, Ms. Venture moved to
Washington, DC, where she attended the Washington College
of Law at the American University, receiving her Juris
Doctor in 1990.
to assuming the position of Equal Employment Opportunity
Officer in March 2002, Ms. Venture was employed by
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Ms. Venture commenced her career at the EEOC in 1990,
in its Baltimore District Office as a Law Clerk and,
after passing the bar examination, became a Trial Attorney
in that office. Ms. Venture was then reassigned to
the Washington Field Office of the EEOC in March of
1993, when she became an Administrative Judge. As an
Administrative Judge, Ms. Venture conducted hearings
on EEO complaints brought by employees of various and
numerous federal agencies, including the FBI.
1997, Ms. Venture also became the Alternative Dispute
Resolution (ADR) Coordinator of the EEOC's Washington
Field Office, in addition to her regular Administrative
Judge duties. As the ADR Coordinator, Ms. Venture was
part of the national task force that, from 1998, developed
and implemented the highly successful private sector
mediation program at the EEOC. During that time, Ms.
Venture also served on the national task force that
was responsible for the 1999 revisions to the EEOC
regulations which govern the entire EEO Federal sector
February 2000, Ms. Venture became the Acting Area Director
of the EEOC's San Diego Field Office. Then, in June
of 2000, she was appointed as a Special Assistant to
the then Chair of the EEOC. In January 2001, Ms. Venture
was selected for the position of EEO Director for the
EEOC. In that position, Ms. Venture was responsible
for implementing an ADR program for the EEOC's internal
complaint process, as well as for restructuring and
streamlining the operations of the EEO office.
Venture has been a speaker/presenter in various forums,
including the World Bank, the Society for Professionals
in Dispute Resolution, the Public Administration Forum,
and at the Federal Dispute Resolution Conference.
Venture is currently a member of the Maryland Bar,
and has been a member of the United States District
Courts for Maryland and the District of Columbia, and
the American Bar Association.