Dylan Orr | National Center for Transgender Equality

Dylan Orr

Dylan Orr is the Director of the Office of Labor Standards for the City of Seattle. In this role, he is responsible for effectively implementing Seattle's historic Minimum Wage law, as well as its Paid Sick and Safe Time law, Wage Theft law, Fair Chance Employment law, Secure Scheduling law, and the Hotel Employees Health and Safety initiative.

Previously, Orr served in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from 2009 – 2015, where he last served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). In this capacity, he was a principal strategic advisor and contributed to the development of national disability employment-related regulations and policies including historic regulations issued under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the President’s Executive Order on Minimum Wage. As the DOL representative, he worked with the White House Office of National AIDS Policy on the development and implementation of the President's National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Orr also played a key role in adding protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation to internal and external federal policies and regulations. Upon his appointment to his role as Special Assistant in ODEP in 2009, he became the first openly transgender person appointed to any U.S. presidential administration. He is also the first openly transgender individual to be appointed to a Mayor’s Cabinet for the City of Seattle.

Dylan has received awards and recognition for his work from the White House, DOL, National Center for Transgender Equality, National LGBT Bar Association, and others. In 2015, he was one of 34 U.S. representatives awarded the Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is a founding member of Transgender Legal Advocates of Washington, an organization serving the legal needs of the transgender community in Washington, DC. Orr was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Smith College and his Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law.

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