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Jenny R. Yang

Senior Policy Fellow

Jenny R. Yang served as a Commissioner and Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 2013 to 2018. Under her leadership, the Commission created a task force to study the impact of big data, artificial intelligence, and algorithmic hiring on employment and held Commission meetings to explore these issues. Currently, as a Senior Policy Fellow at the Urban Institute, she is creating a new initiative to build a future that advances workplace equity – fairness and opportunity for all to work with dignity. She is developing approaches to promote equity in the design and deployment of hiring algorithms. Prior to that, Ms. Yang spent over a decade representing workers in litigation in private practice and as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section. A graduate of Cornell University, she earned a B.A. in Government and a J.D., from NYU School of Law.