Celine McNicholas

Labor Counsel

Areas of expertise
Labor and employment law • collective bargaining • union organizing • regulatory policy

Celine McNicholas is EPI Labor Counsel and a core member of EPI’s Perkins Project on Worker Rights and Wages, a policy response team that tracks the Trump administration’s wage and employment policies. As part of the Perkins team, she will help alert policymakers, the press, and the public of any attempts by the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other agencies to dismantle the laws and regulations that protect and defend working people.

McNicholas is well prepared for this watchdog and education role. Before joining EPI in 2017, she served as Director of Congressional and Public Affairs and as Special Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). At the NLRB, she counseled presidential nominees to the Board and the General Counsel throughout the Senate confirmation process. In addition, McNicholas was responsible for the agency’s Congressional affairs work including all agency oversight matters. From 2009 to 2013, she served as Senior Labor Counsel to Ranking Member George Miller (D-Calif.) for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce. She advised Rep. Miller on legal issues surrounding the Fair Labor Standards Act, National Labor Relations Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Davis Bacon Act, Service Contract Act, and Project Labor Agreements. Before working for the committee, McNicholas was a legislative staffer for both U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak from Pennsylvania and U.S. Rep. Nikki Tsongas from Massachusetts.

A native of Philadelphia, McNicholas is an avid baseball fan, amateur baseball historian, and runner.

J.D., Villanova University School of Law
B.A., Mount Holyoke College