Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Jenny R. Yang was named Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by President Barack Obama on September 1, 2014. Prior to that, Ms. Yang served as Vice Chair of the EEOC beginning on April 28, 2014, and as a Commissioner beginning on May 13, 2013. She was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve a term ending July 1, 2017.
Throughout her career in the government, private, and nonprofit sectors, Ms. Yang has worked to ensure fairness and equal opportunity in the workplace. As Chair, Ms. Yang has led EEOC’s efforts to advance pay equality by enhancing the agency’s data collection to include employer pay data by sex, race, and ethnicity. To strengthen EEOC’s capacity to combat systemic barriers to opportunity, she conducted a comprehensive review of the agency's systemic program, and has instituted coordinated strategies to address persistent and emerging issues that broadly impact workplace policies and practices.
Under her leadership, the Commission adopted new procedures for public input on guidance documents to promote transparency. Through this initiative, the Commission updated its guidance on retaliation, which is the most frequent complaint raised in the workplace.
She represents the agency on the Diversity and Inclusion in Government Council, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the White House Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force.
Prior to joining the EEOC, Ms. Yang was a partner at a law firm where she represented employees across the country in complex civil rights actions. Prior to that, Ms. Yang served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation section, and at the National Employment Law Project working to enforce the workplace rights of garment workers. Ms. Yang received her B.A. from Cornell University in Government. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.