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founder & Principal

JOI O. CHANEY is the founder and principal at J.O.I. Strategies,* which develops strategies for organizations and companies seeking to achieve Justice, Opportunity, and Inclusion for America’s underserved communities.  Located in Washington, DC, but with interests in DC and Florida, J.O.I. focuses on public and private partnerships and governmental affairs, policy, communications, and management strategies that will further civil and criminal justice,  expand economic opportunity,  and advance diversity and inclusion for all,  including women and girls and persons of color.

In addition to her work with J.O.I., Joi serves as the Executive Director (part-time) of the Equal Pay Today! Campaign, a Project of the Tides Center. 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. 

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 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.

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

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

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