Chai R. Feldblum is a Partner and Director of Workplace Culture Consulting at Morgan Lewis. In that role, she helps companies and organizations create safe, respectful, and inclusive workplaces, focusing on preventing and responding to workplace harassment. Chai served as a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from 2010 to 2019. At the EEOC, Chai pioneered work in covering LGBT people under existing sex discrimination laws, expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities, developing methods for preventing workplace harassment, and doing strategic planning and upgrading of systems for the EEOC.
Prior to serving at the EEOC, Chai was a law professor at Georgetown Law School for eighteen years, where she created and directed a Federal Legislation Clinic. The Clinic served non-profit clients including Catholic Charities USA and various disability rights clients. Chai served as the lead drafter and negotiator of the Americans Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. From 1991 through 2002, Chai was also involved in a range of legislative efforts to protect LGBT people from discrimination.
Chai attended Barnard College and Harvard Law School, and clerked for Judge Frank Coffin on the First Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court. Chai grew up in Washington Heights in NYC, is descended from a long line of Rabbis, and before becoming a lawyer, had aspired to be the first woman to get a Ph.D. in Talmudic Studies.