Published Date: 10/06/2014
By George Ports
President Obama has recently named Vice Chair Jenny R. Yang as Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) making her the first Asian-American Chair of the agency. Yang, whose term expires July 1, 2017, was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate on April 25, 2013. She has served as Vice Chair since April 2014.
As Vice Chair of the EEOC, Yang led a comprehensive review of the agency’s systemic program, which addresses issues of alleged discrimination that have broad impact on an industry, profession, company or geographic area. She also represented the agency on the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Yang was a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC prior to joining the EEOC, where she represented employees across the country in numerous complex civil rights and employment actions. Yang also served as a senior trial attorney with the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section, where she enforced federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment by state and local government employers from 1998 to 2003.
Yang received her BA from Cornell University in government and received her JD from New York University School of Law, where she was a note and comment editor of the law review and a Root-Tilden public interest scholar. Yang and her husband, Kil Huh, director of the States’ Fiscal Health Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts, have two sons.
For more information about the EEOC and Chair Yang, visit www.eeoc.gov.