Dear Minority Leaders,
It has been far too long since I published an episode. Life has been busy, to say the least. I've missed you all and am glad to come back like a lion with this episode, featuring the National Urban League's Joi Chaney, Executive Director of the Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President, Policy and Advocacy. Recorded on April 17, 2021, the conversation may be a few months old, but from COVID-19, to racial justice, to equal pay, to the value of women friendships, Joi and I discuss topics that are still incredibly timely and important. Joi's wisdom and fortitude are reassuring. Her kindness and grace are a breath of fresh air.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.
With gratitude and inspiration,
A Conversation with Joi Chaney, Executive Director of the Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President, Policy and Advocacy.
Joi is a domestic legal policy expert, political strategist, and former Chief of Staff to United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. After leaving the Senate, she relaunched J.O.I. Strategies, a consulting firm that develops strategies for organizations and companies seeking to achieve Justice, Opportunity, and Inclusion for America's underserved communities, beginning with women and persons of color.
Previously, Joi served as Director of Equal Pay Today, a Project of Equal Rights Advocates, and Senior Policy Counsel at Equal Rights Advocates where she focused on strategies to close the long-standing gender and racial wage gap and engage new constituencies in the fight for equal pay. Over a twenty-year career, Joi has held senior roles in the Obama Administration, as a senior advisor to the Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee (Senate DPC), and the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy. Joi began her career at the former Baach Robinson & Lewis PLLC and the Democratic National Committee. She is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Law School.