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Chairwoman Jenny Yang Leaves OFCCP on March 31, 2023

By Debra Milstein Gardner - Mar 31, 2023 10:16:12 AM - 6 MINS READ


OFCCP Chair Jenny Yang is leaving the DOL, taking a position at the White House, and will be temporarily replaced by Deputy Director Michele Hodge.

On March 31, 2023, current Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Chair Jenny Yang is leaving the Department of Labor (DOL). On April 3, 2023, Ms. Yang is taking a position as Deputy Assistant to the President on the White House Domestic Policy Council where she “will work on a broad range of issues, including equal opportunity in employment, criminal justice, democracy and voting, disability policy, Native Affairs, racial wealth gap, and many others.” Her notice comes less than two months after the Labor Secretary Marty Walsh departed for a position in the National Hockey League (NHL) players’ union.   

Jenny Yang has served as the Director of OFCCP since January 2021 and previously served as the first Asian American Chair for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in September 2014. During her tenure at OFCCP, Yang has implemented the following programs impacting government contractors:

Deputy Director Michele Hodge will serve as Acting Director, OFCCP.

Debra Milstein Gardner

Debra Milstein Gardner has worked in the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) space for the past 43 years while working in the public and private sectors in various human resources compliance roles. She began her career working for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and then went to the Marriott Corporation for nine years working in EEO, Affirmative Action and field human resource roles. In 1990, Debra founded Workplace Dynamics LLC providing EEO, AA, and DEI consulting services to government contractors. In 2016, Debra sold the affirmative action portion of Workplace Dynamics to OutSolve LLC and works part-time as a Market Analyst. Debra is a sports fanatic, routing for the Baltimore Ravens and all Virginia Tech Hokie teams. She loves to hike and boat in her mountain and lake community of Lake Lure, NC.

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