On January 1, 2012, Tamara Kessler assumed the position of Acting Officer for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL). Prior to this position, Ms. Kessler served as Deputy Officer.
Before joining CRCL, Ms. Kessler spent 20 years as an attorney for the Department of Justice, including serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia, a criminal trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division, Special Investigative Counsel to the Department of Justice Inspector General, and Associate Counsel at the Office of Professional Responsibility. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service. She earned her bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Wellesley College; and her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.