Shawn S. McGruder
Effective September 3, 2017, Shawn S. McGruder became the Executive Director for the Center for Civil Rights Enforcement in USDA’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, where she manages a staff of 75+ in the intake, investigation, and adjudication of formal EEO complaints from USDA employees, as well as Civil Rights complaints from members of the public seeking to participate in over 200 federally assisted and federally conducted programs administered by USDA.
In October 2012, Ms. McGruder was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) as USDA’s Assistant General Counsel for General Law and Research, where she managed a broad range of general legal and litigation matters for all 20+ USDA agencies and staff offices.
Ms. McGruder came to USDA from the Social Security Administration (SSA), where she matriculated through SSA’s SES Candidate Development Program. She began her SSA career as a legal intern and proceeded through progressively responsible positions, including supervisory attorney positions in SSA’s Philadelphia Region and at SSA Headquarters, where she last served as Director of the Personnel Law Division in the Office of General Law, and she managed complex litigation, including nationwide employment class actions and civil rights matters for which she enjoyed national oversight. She built an extensive labor, personnel, and employment litigation background, including appointments as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Maryland and in the Western District of Virginia.
Ms. McGruder holds a B.B.A. degree in Finance and a J.D. degree from Howard University, where she graduated cum laude and served on the editorial board of the Howard Law Journal. She also graduated from the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ms. McGruder is a native of Columbia Maryland, and has been admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.