Cheryl Stanton, JD

Cheryl Stanton, JD, Chief Legal and Government Affairs Officer

“I’m proud to be part of an organization that is helping to shape policy and funding for home care that can bring service to everyone, not just the poorest or the richest. This is deeply important to me and it drives the work I do every day.”

In her role as Chief Legal and Government Affairs Officer for BrightStar Care, Cheryl Stanton diligently works on behalf of the organization and its franchisees by assisting with legal, compliance and risk management, as well as providing federal and state advocacy for the brand. In fact, one of the accomplishments she’s most proud of is the State Advocacy Brand Program she established to teach franchise owners how to advocate for themselves while navigating their state’s individual laws and regulations.

Bringing more than two decades of legal and policy experience at both the state and national level, Cheryl has served her constituents with results-driven initiatives Cheryl served as an Association Counsel to the President of the United States, where she advised the White House Presidential Personnel Office, the White House Personnel Office and the White House Office of Management and Administration and served as a member of the White House Judicial Selection Committee. She also served as the primary legal liaison for the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board.

Cheryl later served under two different gubernatorial administrations during 2013-2018 as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. In 2016, Cheryl received the Order of the Palmetto — the highest civilian award in the state, which is given to those who demonstrate extraordinary lifetime achievement, service and contributions of national or statewide significance. Under Cheryl’s leadership, South Carolina’s jobless rate dropped to its lowest point in at least 50 years, South Carolina’s workforce system helped place over 500,000 South Carolinians into jobs and (partnering with the Department of Corrections) South Carolina created a job re-entry program for ex-offenders that continues to receive national accolades.  Cheryl was later nominated, and confirmed by the Senate, to be the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the United States Department of Labor. In this role, Cheryl oversaw the promulgation of numerous rules, including those related to joint employment, independent contract and the nation’s first private sector sick paid leave program. While as Administrator, the Wage and Hour Division recovered a record-breaking 322 million dollars in Fiscal Year 2019 for hundreds of thousands of American workers who denied money they had earned.

In addition to her governmental experience, Cheryl was a private sector labor and employment attorney for 15 years. Cheryl currently serves on the International Franchise Association Board of Directors, and as its Chair of the IFA Legal/Legislative Committee. She similarly serves on the 2023 Home Care Association of America Board of Directors, for which she is the Legislative Director chairing the Legislative and Policy Committees.

Since joining BrightStar Care in 2021, Cheryl has been a force for good as she channels her passion for policy, governance and delivering equitable home care into each decision she makes. With home care at an inflection point (from a policy and government spending perspective), Cheryl continues to advocate for positive changes that will benefit more Americans as the need for home care grows.