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John Guenther

John K. Guenther was delegated the duties of Chief Human Capital Officer and Director for Human Resources Management of the U.S. Department of Commerce in December 2019.  John joined the Department’s Office of the General Counsel, Employment and Labor Law Division (ELLD) in January 2000, after receiving his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.  From 2005 to 2008 he supervised ELLD’s Headquarters and Census Teams.  In 2008, he was recognized as the Department’s Attorney of the Year for his efforts representing Commerce before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, local government, and others, following a plutonium spill at NIST’s Boulder Labs.  In January 2009, John was appointed Deputy Chief of ELLD, and in May 2018 he became ELLD’s Chief.  Before law school John spent several years teaching English at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he was also responsible for the university’s Title VII and Title IX training and ran the office of Student Mediation Services. John received his B.A. from Kenyon College and a M.A. from Indiana University.  He is a member of the Maryland state bar.