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Demoya R. Gordon

Vice Chair and Commissioner

Demoya Gordon brings extensive legal experience to the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Prior to her appointment, Gordon served as Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Officer for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS), where she oversaw numerous EEO/AA-related policies and programs. Before joining CMS, Gordon was a Supervising Attorney at the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR), where she supervised and investigated cases resulting in innovative settlements with far-reaching implications for racial and gender equity in fashion, health, the criminal legal system, social services, and beyond. Prior to joining NYCCHR, Gordon led groundbreaking litigation and policy advocacy as an attorney at Lambda Legal, a national LGBTQ+ rights non-profit organization. Before Lambda Legal, Gordon was an associate at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, where  she litigated federal and state cases across the country. Gordon received her undergraduate degree from Macalester College and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.