The Walt Disney Family Museum is proud to announce that it has recently constituted an Advisory Committee to complement its Board of Directors. The Committee is made up of eleven extraordinary individuals whose insight, experience, and vision—grounded in their remarkable personal and professional achievements—will provide important strategic guidance for the museum in carrying out its innovative mission and expanding its outreach and impact.
Elaine Chao—the 24th U. S. Secretary of Labor from 2001 to 2009—is the first American woman of Asian descent in our nation’s history to be appointed to a Presidential Cabinet. Elaine is the longest tenured Secretary of Labor since World War II. Under Elaine’s leadership, the U.S. Department of Labor achieved record results in protecting the health, safety, wages, and retirement security of the nation’s workforce. Elaine has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America and as Director of the Peace Corps. Elaine’s government service also includes serving as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, Deputy Maritime Administrator, and White House Fellow. Recognized with many awards for her public and community service, Elaine is the recipient of 34 honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities across the globe.