Vicki Shabo is a vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families. Shabo is responsible for the strategic direction of the National Partnership’s workplace portfolio and leads the organization’s work on paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, FMLA expansion and enforcement, fair pay and pregnancy discrimination. She serves as the organization’s primary contact on these policies for key national allies, researchers, businesses, state and local advocates and the press.
Shabo brings a unique background in law and politics to her work: Prior to joining the National Partnership, she practiced law in the litigation department in the Washington, DC office of WilmerHale, a large international law firm. Before embarking on a legal career, she worked with both Celinda Lake and Harrison Hickman, serving as a pollster and political strategist to progressive political candidates, ballot campaigns, advocacy organizations, and media outlets. Through this work, she developed research and communications expertise on issues of particular concern to women. Shabo's earlier professional experience includes a stint with the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.
Shabo graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Politics and American Studies from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., and holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She earned her law degree with high honors from the University of North Carolina, where she served as Editor in Chief of the North Carolina Law Review. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Michael R. Murphy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Salt Lake City. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, their young son, and two spoiled cats.