Washington, D.C. – National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Acting Chairman Philip A. Miscimarra and General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. have named Valerie Hardy-Mahoney the new Regional Director for the Agency’s Region 32 Office in Oakland, California. The Region 32 Office is responsible for conducting elections, investigating unfair labor practice charges, and protecting the right of workers to act collectively to improve their wages and working conditions in portions of northern California and the northern half of Nevada.
With 35 years of service to the NLRB, Ms. Hardy-Mahoney most recently served as the Regional Attorney in the Oakland (Region 32) Regional Office, a position she has held since 2014. She succeeds George Velastegui who recently retired from the Agency.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Ms. Hardy-Mahoney received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She began her career at the NLRB's Oakland Regional Office in 1982, as a Field Attorney. She was promoted to Supervisory Field Attorney in 2008 and later to Deputy Regional Attorney in 2010.
The NLRB is an independent federal agency enforcing the National Labor Relations Act, which guarantees the right of most private sector employees to organize, to engage in group efforts to improve their wages and working conditions, to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative, to engage in collective bargaining, and to refrain from any of these activities. It acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.