Press Release

AFL-CIO Announces New Acting Director of Civil, Human and Women’s Rights

Today, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond announced the appointment of Danielle Noel as the new acting director of the Department of Civil, Human and Women’s Rights. 

Noel, who joined the AFL-CIO in 2021 and currently serves as the national press secretary, will assume the role of acting director of civil, human and women’s rights on Sept. 18. As press secretary, she contributed to the development and execution of national communications, campaigns, brand identity and press strategies for the federation. She led press operations to develop and shape the federation’s message on civil, human and women’s rights, trade and immigration issues. 

In her new role, Noel will be tasked with driving the AFL-CIO’s strategy and activities to secure civil rights and human rights for all; strengthen the longstanding partnerships; and identify key opportunities for collaboration between the labor movement and civil rights community. Through her work she will advance and implement programming in support of racial, gender and economic justice. 

Before joining the AFL-CIO, Noel served as deputy communications director at Emerge America, the premier organization for recruiting and  training Democratic women to run for office, and as account executive in the Public Affairs Department at Finn Partners. 

“I am honored to continue working to advance the AFL-CIO’s efforts to ensure the rights of all working people in this new capacity,” said Noel. “President Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer Redmond have made civil, human and women’s rights top priorities for their administration, and I am eager to work with them toward a more just and equal society for all workers.”

“Throughout her tenure with the AFL-CIO, Danielle has been a trusted adviser and effective media strategist and spokesperson for the federation,” said Shuler. “Danielle’s steadfast dedication to our mission has been unwavering, which is why we are thrilled for her to help lead such a critical and influential department.”

“I have watched Danielle navigate some of the most challenging and complex matters facing the AFL-CIO and working people, and been overwhelmed by her professionalism, intelligence and commitment,” said Redmond. “As the lead of our Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department, I know that Danielle will be a fierce advocate for justice, equality and the rights of all people.” 

Contact: Ray Zaccaro, 202-637-5018