Emily DeRocco is the founder and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based strategic consulting practice, E3 Consultants, focused on linking education, workforce and economic development assets for competitive advantage. She also serves as a strategic advisor for the ACU Foundation and is a senior education and workforce development advisor for LIFT, the Department of Defense-funded American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
In 2016, DeRocco was appointed to the Australian Naval Shipbuilding advisory board by the Australian secretary of defense and, in 2018, she accepted an appointment to the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.
DeRocco served as past president of The Manufacturing Institute, where she launched and implemented a strategic national agenda focused on education reform and workforce development, innovation support and services, and research on behalf of U.S. manufacturers.
Prior to her leadership role in U.S. manufacturing, DeRocco was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the assistant secretary of labor in 2001. In that position, DeRocco was responsible for managing a $10 billion investment in the nation’s workforce.
DeRocco has represented the United States and led delegations in international forums including the G-8 Labor Ministerials, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Western Hemisphere Competitiveness Forum, U.S.-Canada Policy Forums and U.S.-EU Dialogues.
DeRocco serves on the advisory council of IMPAQ, the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence, and New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Innovation Institute.
DeRocco is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and received her Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown Law Center.