Directly following President Biden’s Inauguration swearing-in today, the Department of Labor’s Leadership Team Contact List was updated. No other details are available yet.
Typically, the Director of OFCCP is appointed by the Secretary of Labor, which is a position that needs Senate confirmation. However, since the OFCCP Director does not need confirmation from Congress, this means Jenny Yang was likely hand-picked directly by the Biden administration for this position.
Jenny Yang served as EEOC Commissioner from May 2013-April 2014, Vice Chair of EEOC for the next 6 months, and she was then appointed Chair of EEOC by President Obama, serving in that role from September 2014-January 2017. She continued to serve as EEOC Commissioner from January 2017-January 2018 during the first year of the Trump administration.
For the past few years, Yang has been working to strengthen workplace protections by serving as a Fellow for the Open Society Foundations, and recently with the Urban Institute. Prior to her tenure working for EEOC, Yang was a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, a law firm specializing in pursuing litigation on behalf of individuals, whistleblowers and public entities for civil rights/employment, antitrust, and false claims act issues. Yang also served as a senior trial attorney with the U.S. 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.
We look forward to welcoming Director Yang to the federal contractor community.
By Joanna Colosimo, M.A., Director of Compliance & Workforce Analytics and Principal Consultant