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Robert Reich

Fmr. Labor Secretary, Professor of Public Policy University of California, Berkeley

Robert B. Reich is Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.

He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written eleven books, including "The Work of Nations," which has been translated into 22 languages; the best-sellers "The Future of Success" and "Locked in the Cabinet," and "Supercapitalism."

His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Reich is also cofounding editor of The American Prospect magazine. Nearly five million people hear his weekly commentaries on public radio’s "Marketplace."

As the nation's 22nd Secretary of Labor, Reich implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act, led a national fight against sweatshops in the U.S. and illegal child labor around the world, headed the administration’s successful effort to raise the minimum wage, secured worker's pensions, and launched job-training programs, one-stop career centers, and school-to-work initiatives. Under his leadership, the Department of Labor won more than 30 awards for innovation. A 1996 poll of cabinet experts, conducted by the Hearst newspapers, rated him the most effective cabinet secretary during the Clinton administration.

Reich has been a member of the faculties of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and of Brandeis University. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

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