Rae T. Vann

Rae has more than 25 years of experience helping employers mitigate workplace risk and promote sound, equitable, and effective human capital management strategies. A subject matter expert in federal EEO law, Rae has advised a wide range of clients on ensuring nondiscrimination throughout the entire employment life cycle – from recruitment and selection to performance management and employment termination. She has trained thousands of Human Resources and EEO professionals on compliance with nondiscrimination requirements, and also helps employers investigate misconduct complaints and identify and implement effective dispute resolution procedures and corrective actions.

Rae’s experience includes:

  • Building and facilitating proactive workplace training on harassment prevention, respectful workplaces, and unconscious bias.
  • Performing self-critical analyses and internal audits of employment policies and practices.
  • Developing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with labor and employment law requirements.
  • Conducting effective workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation investigations.
  • Advising employers on federal affirmative action program compliance and on developing meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion corporate strategies.
  • Analyzing and distilling significant employment-related developments within the judicial, executive, and legislative branches.

As a member of the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, Rae helped guide development of a detailed set of recommendations to help employers prevent workplace harassment. The recommendations were released in June 2016, ahead of the international #MeToo movement.

Rae was recently engaged on behalf of a higher education client to serve as interim vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion and compliance. She previously served for more than a decade as the senior vice president and general counsel of the Center for Workplace Compliance, the preeminent national employer association formerly known as the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC). She is a nationally recognized speaker and author on labor and employment issues. Her thought leadership has been featured in media including Bloomberg Law, Law360, National Law Journal, National Public Radio, PBS NewsHour, Politico, and Reuters.

Rae earned her B.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a member of the American Employment Law Council (AELC), as well as the National Bar Association’s Commercial Law Section and Women’s Law Division, Greater Washington Area Chapter (GWAC).