Joi Chaney is the executive director and campaign manager for Equal Pay Today, an organization that works in coalition to close the gender wage gap across the United States. In this conversation, Joi reflects on her storied career and offers sage advice on pay parity, productivity, advocacy, and much more.
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JOI CHANEY | Joi Chaney joined Equal Pay Today!, a Project of the Tides Center, in December 2015 as its Executive Director and Campaign Manager.
Previously, Joi served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration as a senior advisor to the late Chair Jacqueline Berrien, current Chair Jenny Yang, and Commissioner Charlotte Burrows 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. She currently serves on the board of the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation, Inc. and is Advisory Council Chair of the Women’s Information Network. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Xi Omega Chapter through which she conducts community service.
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.
Joi’s early days and path into politics
How and why Joi worked with Planned Parenthood
Joi’s role in the movement for pay parity and her work with Equal Pay Today
Joi’s advice for being a good ally
How the social contract affects pay parity for women
Joi’s advice on advocating for yourself at work
Joi’s thoughts on productivity, perfection, and people pleasing
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