Jenny R. Yang – Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Jenny R. Yang began her career at Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. in Government. Her commitment to public service was evident by the time she received her JD from New York University Law School, where she was a Root-Tilden Public Interest Scholar. After serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Edmund Ludwig on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Ms.Yang began working at the National Employment Law project to enforce the workplace rights of garment workers. Ms. Yang then served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. There, she enforced federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment by state and local government employers.
She then moved into the private sector, becoming a partner at the law firm of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. While working there, she represented employees across the country in complex civil rights and employment cases. Ms. Yang also gained valuable insight into the issues facing employers as the firm’s chair of its Hiring and Diversity Committee.
On April 25, 2013, Ms. Yang was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2017. On April 28, 2014, Ms. Yang was designated Vice Chair of the EEOC. On September 1, 2014, President Obama, named her to serve as Chair of the EEOC, becoming the first Asian American to hold this position. In this position, she continues to fight against discrimination and to help employers across the nation promote equal employment opportunity to build stronger workplaces.