WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 2, 2012) — President Barack Obama on Thursday announced his intent to nominate Jenny R. Yang as Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“These individuals have demonstrated knowledge and dedication throughout their careers,” said Obama of Yang and other intended nominees. “I am grateful they have chosen to take on these important roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”
Yang is currently a partner at the law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, where she has worked in the Civil Rights and Employment Practice Group since 2003. Previously, Ms. Yang served in the Employment Litigation Section in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1998 to 2003, first as a trial attorney, and then as a senior trial attorney.
From 1997 to 1998, Ms. Yang was a New York University Community Service Fund attorney fellow at the National Employment Law Project, and from 1996 to 1997, she served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Edmund V. Ludwig of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Yang is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center and a former Co-Chair of the National Governing Board for the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. She received a B.A. in Government from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.