Ellen Shong-Bergman established the firm of Ellen Shong & Associates in 1983, following 10 years’ experience in equal opportunity and affirmative action compliance in both industry and government. She worked continuously in this area from 1973 until her retirement and the sale of her firm in 2012. She has accepted occasional consulting projects since and now serves on the Advisory Board for Local JobNetwork.
She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Arizona College of Law, where she was awarded the Juris Doctor in 1975. She was twice chosen to represent U.S. employers as a delegate to the International Labor Organization in Geneva in the area of equal opportunity for workers with family responsibilities.
Mrs. Bergman began her career as an EEO practitioner in 1973 while on the legal staff of Tucson Gas & Electric Co. and worked in EEO/AA management with AMAX Inc., a Fortune 200 natural resources company for six years, half of that as corporate Director, EEO/AA. She left AMAX in 1981, having been recruited by the Reagan-Bush Administration to serve as Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Department of Labor. She was the first Director of the agency to come from private industry and remains one of the very few appointees with that experience.
While at the OFCCP she insisted on agency adherence to Title VII standards, offered contractors the opportunity to establ