Former Deputy Secretary of U.S. Department of Labor running for Pinehurst Council

This article is sponsored by Patrick Pizzella for Pinehurst Council.

Patrick Pizzella is running for the Pinehurst Village Council.

As the Village of Pinehurst considers an array of issues during the next four years–in a post COVID-19 country-Pizzella sees his 28 years of public service in the federal government combined with 13 years in the non-profit and private sector as an asset.

“If the voters of Pinehurst decide to add me to the Village Council, I promise to view every issue through the lenses of “Putting Pinehurst First,” said Pizzella. “The key issues I hope to talk about over the coming months with my fellow Pinehurst residents fall into categories I refer to as the three T’s: Tradition Traffic, and Transparency.”

Pizzella and his wife Mary Joy (MJ) have been homeowners in Pinehurst since 2012. His love for Pinehurst started in the 1990s when he began regular golf trips with friends to the area. These years of visits confirmed his belief that one day he would live and be active in the Pinehurst community.

Pizzella’s professional career includes 28 years in the federal government and 13 years in the non-profit and private sector. This year, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Leadership Institute and to the Board of Directors of the Job Creators Network.

Pizzella recently served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in Washington, DC from 2018—2021. President Donald J. Trump nominated him to serve as Deputy Secretary and the U.S. Senate confirmed Pizzella on April 12, 2018. Pizzella served as Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor from July 20, 2019, until September 27, 2019. DOL’s mission is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights. DOL administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws and thousands of federal regulations. These mandates and the regulations that implement them cover many workplace activities for over 10 million employers and over 150 million workers. DOL has almost 14,000 employees and a budget of about $12 billion.

Pizzella previously served as a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) after being nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate in 2013. On January 23, 2017, President Trump designated Pizzella as Acting FLRA Chairman, a position he held until December 8, 2017.

Prior to joining the FLRA, Pizzella was Principal at Patrick Pizzella LLC. He was confirmed by the Senate and served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Administration and Management DOL from 2001 to 2009. Pizzella was designated by President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation from January 2004 to April 2005.

Previously, he worked at Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP as a Government Affairs Counselor from 1998 to 2001 and Director of Coalitions from 1996 to 1997. From 1990 to 1995, Pizzella was Director of the Office of Administration at the Federal Housing Finance Board, and from 1988 to 1989, Deputy Under Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of Education.

He has previously held positions at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S. General Services Administration.

Pizzella received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of South Carolina and he is a graduate of Iona Preparatory School. He is a native of New Rochelle, New York.

MJ was a member of the Village Historic Plaque Committee from 2016 to 2019 and has been a member of the Garden Club of the Sandhills since 2014. She grew up in Ridgeland, South Carolina and is a graduate of Clemson University.

The election is on Tuesday, Nov. 2.


Courtesy photo/Contributed article.

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