Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Cheryl L. Mason
Chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board)
Cheryl L. Mason was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as the fourth Chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 8, 2017. Chairman Mason was sworn into office on December 3, 2017.
As Chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board), she leads a team of approximately 1100 personnel including Veterans Law Judges, attorneys and administrative professionals to meet the Board’s mission of conducting hearings and deciding appeals for Veterans and their families. Ms. Mason is accountable for the efficient and effective management of Board resources and executing a budget in excess of $170 million. The Board is the final administrative tribunal statutorily charged with deciding appeals arising from Veterans’ claims from all three administrations: Veterans Benefits Administration, Veterans Health Administration, and National Cemetery Administration.
Prior to assuming her current role, Ms. Mason served as Interim Principal Deputy Vice Chairman, Deputy Vice Chairman, Chief Veterans Law Judge, Veterans Law Judge, and Counsel at the Board as well as an attorney with the Federal Labor Relations Authority and as a Department of the Air Force civilian at HQ United States Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Ms. Mason also served as an instructor at Central Texas College in Germany. Ms. Mason is the spouse of an Air Force veteran, married to a Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (retired), and is the daughter of a World War II Navy Veteran.
Originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, Ms. Mason received her B.A. with Distinction in Political Science and Psychology from Ohio Northern University and her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law. Ms. Mason began her legal career in private practice in Omaha, Nebraska.