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Van Freeman

Deputy Chief of Staff

District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES)


Van Freeman currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES), as an appointee under the Bowser Administration. He has been pivotal in leading the efforts to implement the District of Columbia’s Paid Family Leave program and standing up the District of Columbia’s Infrastructure Academy. Among his other duties, Van manages the Office of External Affair that coordinates public engagement and legislative affairs for the Department, as well as the Office of Unemployment Insurance, the Office of Human Resources, and the Office of Compliance and Independent Monitoring.

Van previously served as senior advisor to the national director at Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), where he advised senior leadership on strategic fiscal decisions, national programing, and Congressional priorities. Prior to this role, Van was appointed by President Obama to serve as deputy director in the Office of the Secretary at U.S. Department of Commerce before transitioning to MBDA. Van began his career at General Motors (GM) as a Manufacturing Engineer, eventually being promoted to Production Supervisor at GM’s parts distribution center in Pontiac, Michigan. Leveraging his business and analytical background, Van landed a position UBS Investment Bank in London, UK, as a Business Analyst in the Office of the Global General Counsel. Van launched his path into the administration by serving on Obama’s campaign staff in the battleground state of Ohio during the 2008 and 2012 election cycles.

Van holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Morehouse College and Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center. He currently resides with his wife and young daughter in Washington, DC.

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