Alexis M. Herman began her career working for Catholic Charities helping young out-of-school men and women find work in the Pascagoula, Mississippi shipyard. At the age of 29, Alexis Herman became the youngest director of the Women's Bureau in the history of the Labor Department. On May 1, 1997, Herman was sworn in as America’s 23rd Secretary of Labor. She is the first African American ever to lead the United States Department of Labor. She also served as a valued member of the National Economic Council.
Under her tenure, unemployment in the country reached a 30-year low. The nation witnessed the safest workplace record in the history of the Department of Labor.
Currently, Herman serves as chair and chief executive officer of New Ventures, LLC. She has continued to lend her expertise and talent to a vast array of corporate enterprises and non-profit organizations.