Sunu P. Chandy is the Legal Director of the National Women’s Law Center. She leads the Center’s litigation efforts, providing strategy across NWLC to create better outcomes for women and girls including in schools, workplaces, and the healthcare sector. She also provides guidance for the Center’s policy positions towards greater workplace justice and LGBTQ rights more broadly. She has provided Congressional testimony in support of the Equality Act, a bill that would strengthen and clarify civil rights protections including for LGBTQ individuals and provided testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Federal Sector and #metoo. Until August 2017, Sunu served as the Deputy Director for the Civil Rights Division with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she led civil rights enforcement including in the areas of language access, auxiliary aids and services for individuals with disabilities and sex discrimination cases under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Before that, Sunu was the General Counsel of the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) and in that role oversaw the agency’s legal decisions following civil rights investigations of discrimination in employment, education, housing and public accommodation matters. Previously, Sunu was a federal attorney with the U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for 15 years and litigated cases including ones based on sexual harassment and other forms of sex discrimination, as well as race, national origin, disability, age and religion-based discrimination cases. At EEOC, Sunu led several outreach and training initiatives including as a member of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAPPI) Regional Working Group. Sunu began her legal career as a law firm associate representing unions and workers in New York City at Gladstein, Reif and Megginniss, LLP. Sunu earned her B.A. in Peace and Global Studies/Women’s Studies from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston and her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Queens College/The City University of New York. Sunu has served on the boards of directors of several organizations including the Audre Lorde Project and LeGal (the LGBTQ attorneys’ organization in New York City), and she currently serves on the board of directors for the Transgender Law Center. Sunu is also a poet, and her collection, My Dear Comrades, will be published by Regal House in the spring of 2023.
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