The National Labor Relations Board has selected Roxanne Rothschild as its new Executive Secretary. During her 16 years with the NLRB, Ms. Rothschild has developed a deep expertise in nearly every function the Agency performs. Ms. Rothschild started as Senior Counsel on a Board Member’s staff in 2002. She subsequently moved to the Office of Representation Appeals, where she assisted for several years with building the Agency’s electronic case management system. Ms. Rothschild joined the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) in 2010, and since 2016 she has served as Deputy Executive Secretary. In her OES capacities, she has been involved in numerous important initiatives to streamline the work of that office as well as the Board overall. Leaving the OES for various assignments, Ms. Rothschild has also served as Acting Director of Administration and Assistant General Counsel to the GC. Most recently, Ms. Rothschild took on the responsibilities of Chief of Staff in addition to her regular duties as Deputy Executive Secretary. Ms. Rothschild replaces Gary Shinners as Executive Secretary, who retired in July.
Ms. Rothschild received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was Director of the Wagner Labor Law Moot Court. She began her legal career as an associate at a law firm in San Francisco, and later worked as in-house corporate counsel in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Executive Secretary, a position created by Congress in Section 4(a) of the National Labor Relations Act, is the chief administrative and judicial management officer of the Board. The OES has functions and responsibilities similar to those of a clerk of court, receiving and docketing all formal documents filed with the Board and serving on parties all Board decisions, orders and other documents. The Executive Secretary is responsible for case management as well as representing the Board in dealing with parties to cases and communicating on behalf of the Board with labor organizations, employers, employees, other agencies, and the public.
Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects employers and employees from unfair labor practices and protects the right of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. The NLRB conducts hundreds of workplace elections and investigates thousands of unfair labor practice charges each year.