Managing Director of Legal Advocacy
American Diabetes Association
Shereen Arent is the Managing Director of Legal Advocacy at the American Diabetes Association. The Association's mission of is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. It is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. In this position, Ms. Arent coordinates a nationwide campaign to eliminate discrimination against people with diabetes in employment, education, correctional institutions, and places of public accommodation. To accomplish this, the Association uses an innovative approach that combines education to prevent discrimination, litigation, legislation, and regulatory reform. Prior to coming to the American Diabetes Association in 1999, Ms. Arent established the first Equal Employment Opportunity office for the Architect of the Capitol, an agency of Congress, and was a partner at two public interest law firms, Youngdahl & Youngdahl in Little Rock, Arkansas and Newman & Newell in Washington, D.C. While in private practice, she focused on union-side labor law and employment discrimination litigation, often combining the two to represent unions as plaintiffs in employment discrimination class actions. Ms. Arent also served as law clerk to Hon. Phyllis A. Kravitch, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School and was a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School for the 2003-2004 academic year.