WASHINGTON (May 12, 2006) — Kathleen A. Curran, policy adviser on health and welfare issues at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has been named Interim Director of the USCCB Office of Domestic Social Development.
The previous director of the office, Nancy E. Wisdo, was appointed USCCB Associate General Secretary last December.
Msgr. David Malloy, USCCB General Secretary, announced the appointment. "Kathleen Curran has done outstanding work in the office of Domestic Social Development," he said. "I am pleased that her considerable talents will now be utilized in the direction of the entire office."
Since joining the staff of the USCCB in 2000, Kathleen Curran has monitored issues such as welfare reauthorization, health care policy, domestic food policy, and faith-based initiatives, providing advice to the Conference on developments in these areas. She has worked with dioceses throughout the country to advocate on behalf of the bishops for policies to assist the poor and vulnerable.
Previously, Ms. Curran served in various capacities at the U.S. Department of Labor, including as Counselor to the Wage and Hour Administrator and Special Assistant to Secretary Robert B. Reich. While at the Labor Department, Ms. Curran was detailed to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, where she worked on issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (including the minimum wage), the Family and Medical Leave Act, occupational safety and health, the National Labor Relations Act, prevailing wage laws, and pension and retirement protection.
Prior to coming to Washington, Ms. Curran practiced law in Boston with the firm of Choate, Hall and Stewart, following a year serving in Baltimore with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia and her undergraduate degree from Yale University.