Gerri Ratliff was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Community Relations Service (CRS) on January 9, 2017 and currently serves as the Acting Director. Authorized by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and expanded by the Matthew Shepard/James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, CRS serves as federal mediators in areas of local community conflict rooted in race, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, or national origin. CRS currently plays an important role in DOJ’s ongoing effort to strengthen relationships between local communities and law enforcement.
Gerri previously served as the Deputy Division Director of the Human Resource Management Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she oversaw all aspects of NSF’s human capital strategy and initiatives, including training, mentoring and facilitation. Prior to NSF, she worked at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security and the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in various management capacities, leading high-profile initiatives with significant stakeholder engagement dimensions.
Gerri served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General for immigration policy from 1995-1997 and as Special Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs from 1993-1995. A member of the Senior Executive Service since 2007, Gerri has a B.A. in Journalism and Speech Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1982); a J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law (1986); and an M.P.A. from the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (1998).