Ursula Engelen-Kefer is the former Deputy Chairman of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund; DGB), a position she held from 1990 to 2006.
She is now a lecturer at the German Federal Employment Agency’s special training school Hochschule der Bundesagentur für Arbeit in Schwerin. She also teaches at the Free University of Berlin and chairs the Social Policy Working Group of the non-government organization Sozialverband Deutschland.
From 1986 to 2009, Ursula Engelen-Kefer belonged to the 45-member “Executive Committee“ of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). She was chosen by the district of Ingolstadt, Eichstätt and Neuburg-Schrobenhausen to be its direct SPD candidate for the Bundestag in the last federal election (on September 27, 2009).
In July 2009 she was elected as member of the “Executive Committee” of the Social Democratic Party in Bavaria.