Jeanette Lim Esbrook, VP Legal Affairs

Jeanette Lim
Jeanette Lim Esbrook is a civil rights attorney with over 50 years experience in civil rights policy, litigation and administration.  As Vice President for Legal Affairs, Jeanette has provided leadership on management and program issues.  She represented CWI before the Office of Management and Budget in opposition to the regulatory proposals to lessen the Title IX anti-sexual harassment requirements. 

As a career Federal Government Senior Executive she served during administration transitions as Acting Assistant Secretary in 1992-1993 and again in 2000-2001 in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). As a Justice Department Attorney, she litigated numerous gender and race cases including the admission of women to South Carolina’s military College of the Citadel, a landmark Fourteenth Amendment and Title IX case.  Her policy work in OCR included seminal work in Title IX sexual harassment policy development and Title IX requirements for equity in Intercollegiate Athletic Programs.

From 2002-2007 Jeanette was the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education where she directed programs that provided billions of dollars to State and Local Education Agencies to improve education for at risk students including children in poverty, disabled students and English Language Learners to improve their lives through education.  She retired from the Federal Government with years of experience in civil rights in education in race, sex, disability and age discrimination. She is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and has first-hand family experience with how educational attainment can provide an avenue for improving ones future.

Prior to federal employment, Jeanette  was Special Assistant to the President of West Chester State University of Pennsylvania from 1976-1979 and Affirmative Action Director at the University of Delaware from 1972-1976.  She has taught chemistry and math at the college and high school levels.

In addition to her civil rights experience, Jeanette  was  a medical geneticist with experience as a researcher and bench scientist.  She  graduated from the University of Michigan in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry.  She received a Masters Degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin Medical School (Madison) in 1965; and in 1978 a law degree, Juris Doctor from Beasley School of Law, Temple University  (Philadelphia).