About Joi

There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives.
— Audre Lorde
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JOI O. CHANEY is the founder of J.O.I. Strategies,* which develops strategies for organizations and companies seeking to achieve Justice, Opportunity, and Inclusion for America’s underserved communities.  She is currently on leave to serve as Chief of Staff to a United States Senator. Located in Washington, DC, but with interests in DC and Florida, J.O.I. Strategies seeks to further civil and criminal justice, expand economic opportunity, and advance diversity and inclusion for all, beginning with women and girls and persons of color.

In addition to her work with J.O.I., Joi served as the Director of the Equal Pay Today! Campaign, a Project of Equal Rights Advocates and Senior Policy Counsel, at Equal Rights Advocates. The campaign is an innovative collaboration of women’s legal and advocacy groups formed to address the long-standing gender wage gap and engage new constituencies in the fight for equal pay. The campaign is committed to addressing each of the key factors that contribute to the wage gap and women’s economic insecurity, including unequal pay, pay secrecy and retaliation for discussing pay, occupational segregation, pregnancy and caregiver discrimination, wage theft and an inadequate minimum wage. Equal Rights Advocate is a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls.

Previously, Joi served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration, as a senior advisor to the late Chair Jacqueline Berrien, former Chair Jenny Yang, and Commissioner Charlotte Burrows of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC 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 in her adopted community of Washington, DC.  She currently serves as Advisory Council Chair of the Women's Information Network. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Joi is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Law School.

*Joi Chaney was doing business as J.O.I. Strategies, but incorporation as an LLC is forthcoming. 


Former Work

For me, feminism is a movement for which the end goal is to make itself no longer needed.
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



Joi previously served the Director of the Equal Pay Today! Campaign, A Project of Equal Rights Advocates (formerly of the Tides Center) and Senior Policy Counsel at Equal Rights Advocates. Learn more at AND




Joi previously served as a consultant for The League and United State of Women on the 2018 United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles, CA. 

Black Women Are Rising – When Will Our Pay? (Originally posted 07/31/17.)


My opinions are aggressive, I admit that. But not my personality. I’m sociable.
— Ariel Sharon

Thank you to WJLA Goodmorning Washinigton for inviting us to talk equal pay in advance of Equal Pay Day.

ED Joi Chaney on Roland Martin on July 31, 2017. Thanks for building a movement around #BlackWomensEqualPay Day, but let's not stop now. Visit And don't forget to follow us on Twitter at @equalpay2dayorg and at

Joi Chaney at Center for American Progress Action Fund on Black Women's Equal Pay Day - July 31, 2017.


I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together.
— HIllary Clinton
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