JOI CHANEY joined Equal Pay Today!, a Project of the Tides Center, in December 2015 as its Campaign Director. In August 2017, she also became Senior Policy Counsel at Equal Rights Advocates. Equal Pay Today is in the process of transitioning to Equal Rights Advocates.
Equal Pay Today is an innovative collaboration of women’s rights and workers’ rights advocates using litigation, policy, and outreach strategies at the local, state, and federal level to close the gender and racial wage gap and engage diverse constituencies in the fight for equal pay.
Previously, Joi served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration as a senior advisor to the Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, including compensation discrimination, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
Prior to joining the EEOC, Joi served as Director of Government Relations at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate, and Policy Director and Counsel of the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee (Senate DPC), a leadership committee under the direction of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then-Senator Byron Dorgan. At Senate DPC, she worked on judiciary, labor, immigration, commerce, and housing issues, as well as issues impacting women and the African American, Latino, and LGBT communities.
Earlier in her career, Joi served as an associate at the former Baach Robinson & Lewis PLLC in Washington, D.C and as Director for Student Chapters at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy. During the 2000 election cycle, she was a staff member at the Democratic National Committee.
Joi is a native of Orlando, FL, but is an active member of her adopted community of Washington, DC. Moreover, Joi is the founder of J.O.I. Strategies, which focuses on public and private strategies to ensure civil and criminal Justice, expand economic Opportunity, and advance diversity and Inclusion for all, including women and girls and persons of color.
Joi is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Law School.