#BlackHistoryMonth – CPSC Office of the General Counsel Attorney and Legal Editor Eileen Williams on Working in Product Safety

What brought you to CPSC?

I had been working as a Legal Editor and Legal Reporter for about 15 years before applying to CPSC. My work as an attorney involved the area of toxic torts. My first attempt at seeking employment at CPSC occurred in the mid-1990s. I came close to getting what was posted as a part-time, shared position. However, after a couple of interviews, I did not make the cut. Subsequently, in 2010, a friend who worked for former Chairman Inez Tenenbaum told me about an opportunity to be the agency’s Legal Editor. After years of working as a freelance journalist, legal reporter and editor, I was hired in August 2010. Two times was the charm.

What do you like most about working in product safety?

The best thing about working in product safety is articulated in the mission of CPSC, which is to protect consumers from unreasonable risk of injury and death.

What inspires you in your professional career?

I am inspired by people who want to do the best they can and put in the work, regardless of how difficult it may be to push through adversity.

Who has inspired you the most throughout your life?

My family, including grandparents, parents; aunts, uncles, cousins, and my children have inspired me throughout my life. The legacy of education and achievement in my family and extended family make me so proud to be among them.

What are you looking forward to in your career at CPSC?

I look forward to continuing to work among the kind, dedicated, professional group of people I have come to know and respect in my 7+ plus years at CPSC.

For #BlackHistoryMonth we asked a volunteer group of African American staff what it means to work in product safety. Eileen Williams is an Attorney in the Office of General Counsel and is the agency’s Legal Editor and Plain Language Manager.

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