Jenny Yang '96
Vice Chair, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
On April 28, President Barack Obama named Jenny Yang ’96 vice chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This new appointment comes only a year after Yang was confirmed as a member of the EEOC in the spring of 2013. Yang’s term will run through 2017.
Prior to her appointment to the EEOC, Yang was a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, where she specialized in civil rights class actions and wage and hour collective actions. She has also served as a senior trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
"Over the course of my career and particularly during my time at the commission, I have seen how vital the work of the EEOC is to the enforcement of our civil rights laws," said Yang in a press release from the EEOC. "I am honored to serve as vice chair of the commission to continue to work with the chair, my fellow commissioners, and the dedicated staff to advance the EEOC's critical mission to ensure equal opportunity in our nation's workplaces."
Yang, a former Root-Tilden-Kern scholar and a note and comment editor of the NYU Law Review, remains an active member of the NYU Law alumni community. Just this spring, Yang received a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the Black Latino Asian Pacific American Law Alumni Association.