My CV at a glance

From the Ruhr region to labour law

After graduating from Reinhard-und- Mannesmann Gymnasium in Duisburg, I applied for a place to study law in Berlin via the ZVS ( Zentrale Vergabestelle für Studienplätze ). I wanted to go to Berlin because history was and continues to be written there like in no other place in Germany. I wanted to study law so that I could work effectively for justice. As a student, I had many different jobs (dishwasher, waitress, hostess, babysitter, newspaper deliverer, clearing out). I experienced that things were not always fair there. That’s why I specialized in employment law to campaign for more justice in the workplace.

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  • 14.01.1957
  • from Duisburg (North Rhine-Westphalia)
  • Children: two sons
  • Religion: Protestant
  • Profession: Lawyer

School and university

  • 1976 Abitur in Duisburg at the Reinhard – and Max – Mannesmann-Gymnasium
  • 1976 Studied law at the FU – Berlin
  • 1982 First jur. State examination
  • 1985 Second jur. State examination
  • Professional activities
Professional activities
  • Since January 2017: Lawyer at the law firm Höpken und Partner. Focus: Labor law
  • 2011 – 2016: State Secretary in the Senate Department for Labor, Integration and Women’s Issues
  • 2006 – 2011: District Councillor for Economics, Health and Transport (Steglitz-Zehlendorf) and later Deputy Councillor. Mayor and City Councillor for Health, Real Estate and Transport (Steglitz-Zehlendorf)
  • 1991 – 2006: Judge at the Berlin Labor Court
  • 1987 – 1991: Research assistant at the FU Berlin and later also at the Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 1985 – 1990: Lawyer, specializing in employment law

From honorary posts & other activities

For me, work and volunteering belong together. You often gain experience in voluntary work that you can put to good professional use. But vice versa, as a labor court judge, I have also experienced that you can’t get any further with the current law. I was able to use this experience in politics, for example, to propose improvements. Here too, the area of labor market and economic policy was particularly important to me. This involved concrete proposals to support companies in creating and maintaining jobs and concrete measures to provide people without work with employment.

  • Economy/Labour
  • Member of the Economic Forum of the SPD e.V. since 2018 – Head of the expert forum on the world of work, collective bargaining partnership and integration
  • Since 2006 Chairwoman of the Committee for Economics, Labor and Technology (SPD Berlin)
    • Member of the state board of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Arbeitnehmerfragen ( AfA – Berlin ) since 2018
    • 2007 to 2010 Member. of the Steglitz-Zehlendorf JobCenter Sponsors’ Meeting
    • 2007 to 2011 Member. of the Administrative Committee of the Berlin – South Employment Agency, most recently spokeswoman for the Berlin representatives
    • 2012 to 2014 Member. of the Administrative Board of the Federal Employment Agency
  • Law
  • Member of the German Association of Women Lawyers since 1985
  • Member of the German Association of Labor Courts since 1992.
  • Member of the Berliner Freundes-und Förderkreis Arbeitsrecht e.V. since 2005.
  • 1998 to 2006 Chairman of the General Council of Judges of the Labor Courts in Berlin
  • 2004 to 2006 Chairman of the Main Council of Judges of the Judges in Berlin
  • Politics
  • SPD member since 1994
  • 2006- 2018 Deputy Chairwoman of the SPD Berlin
  • 2012 – 2016 Pres. of the Working Group on Gender Equality (SPD Berlin)
  • 2014 – 2016 Member. Expert Committee Strategies against the Right (SPD Berlin)
  • 2016 – 2016 Member. Intercultural openness project group (SPD Berlin)
  • 1998 – 2002 Member. of the Department Board of the Seenplatte Department (SPD Berlin)
  • 2006 – 2011 Deputy Chairman District Chairwoman of the SPD Steglitz-Zehlendorf
  • 1998 – 2002 Member of the Board of the Working Group of Social Democratic Women
  • 2002 – 2004 Member of the Board of the Working Group of Social Democratic Lawyers
  • Society/Culture
  • Member since 2012. of the Max Liebermann Society Berlin e.V.
  • Member since 2014. of the Advisory Board of Diakonie-Hospiz Wannsee
  • 2000 to 2002 Chairman General Parents’ Representation Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium (Zehlendorf)

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