Jeffrey Wheeler


Adjunct Assistant Professor - IBD


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
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Jeff Wheeler has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of law, development, trade and diplomacy, with labor and employment serving as the common thread. In addition to teaching at the School of Foreign Service’s Landegger Program for International Business Diplomacy, he currently serves as president of the DC Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA) and board member for the national LERA, and as an International Relations Officer in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) at the U.S. Department of Labor. He is a member of the DC Bar (active) and Georgia Bar (inactive).

He also serves as a voting member on groundbreaking panels integrating sustainability standards, including environmental, labor, occupational safety & health, and conflict mineral standards into federal procurement requirements for the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), along with other government and industry representatives.

At ILAB, he provides policy guidance for DOL assistance in the context of trade and diplomacy objectives and technical assistance on reforming laws and administration and improving worker-employer relations, collaborating closely with USAID. He has designed and managed projects in many countries, such as Bangladesh, Malaysia, Peru and Vietnam.

Prior to his work with ILAB, Mr. Wheeler served as a consultant for various organizations working in Pakistan, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Sudan, and Southern Africa, among others. While in Africa (2002-2005), he served as Chief Technical Advisor of the ILO’s Strengthening Labor Administration in Southern Africa project, conducted an assessment on human trafficking and organized crime for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and assessments on HIV/AIDS in the transport sector. Previously in the U.S. (1989-2002), he served as senior counsel to the Board of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), an attorney and organizer for the AFL-CIO, and an attorney in private practice in Chicago. He served as a government representative for the first ministerial consultations under the NAFTA labor side accord.


  • Juris Doctor (1989) University of Virginia Law School, Law
  • BA, cum laude (1986) University of South Carolina, Political Science