Current NILG Advisory Council Members:

Consuela A. Pinto – Partner, FordHarrison

Consuela A. Pinto - Partner

Having practiced in both the private and federal government sectors for more than 25 years, Consuela’s experience affords her a unique perspective in the representation of clients. She is particularly adept in advising on compliance with non-discrimination laws, federal government EEO investigations, pattern and practice systemic claims, compliance with federal contractors’ affirmative action and non-discrimination obligations, pay equity and DE&I strategies. Consuela’s significant private practice experience includes representing employers on a nationwide basis in compliance reviews before the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

Just before joining FordHarrison, Consuela was in private practice at a Washington, DC based employment law firm, representing employers in a host of issues related to workplace law. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Associate Solicitor in the Civil Rights and Labor Management Division at the U.S. Department of Labor in the National Office of the Solicitor. In this role, Consuela advised DOL agencies on a wide range of regulatory, policy, and enforcement issues impacting a cross-section of workers, while balancing significant managerial responsibilities. One of her key responsibilities at DOL was advising the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Office of the Solicitor on enforcement matters related to federal contractors’ equal employment opportunity obligations.

Consuela is a trained mediator, and author of a number of articles related to OFCCP compliance matters, pay equity, DE&I initiatives, and general EEO issues. She is also a past President of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

Lynn Clements

Lynn Clements, as Director, Regulatory Affairs for Berkshire, oversees Berkshire’s audit defense practice, helping clients respond to hundreds of government investigations since she joined the consulting firm in 2014. With over 20 years of EEO/AA experience, Lynn also serves as a strategic advisor to clients with respect to EEO/AA and pay equity issues and regularly helps clients develop robust compliance and diversity programs through client training and policy and program development. Prior to joining Berkshire, Lynn was a partner at a management-side law firm and served in several senior policy development roles at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor, including as the Acting Director of Policy at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. A frequent speaker to HR professionals of all levels at national and local events, Lynn has testified before Congress on EEO and pay equity issues, regularly assists industry organizations, including SHRM and CUPA-HR, in understanding and responding to regulatory proposals.

Matthew J. Camardella

Matthew Camardella is a Principal in the Long Island, New York office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is the Co-Leader of the Affirmative Action Compliance and OFCCP Defense Practice Group. Matt directs the preparation of more than 1,000 AAPs each year and has defended hundreds of OFCCP audits for a broad range of employers across the country. He also serves as the Practice Group lead on responding to OFCCP allegations of class-based discrimination. He regularly counsels clients about the design and implementation of company-wide AAP structures, applicant tracking systems, and other complex “real world” compliance issues. He spends significant time advising clients on their compensation practices and directing pay equity analyses.

Valentín Estévez

Valentín Estévez is Vice President at Charles River Associates where he performs statistical analyses of claims of employment discrimination filed under federal and state statutes and of alleged violations of the FLSA and state wage and hour regulations. Dr. Estévez has helped government contractors throughout the country and in numerous industries prepare for and respond to OFCCP audits. Besides his litigation work, Dr. Estévez regularly advises clients on pay equity and pay gap issues and has completed hundreds of privileged pay equity studies under federal, state, and international pay equity regulations.

Dr. Estévez has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He presents frequently on the application of economics, statistics, and advanced data analysis techniques in labor and employment matters. More recently, Dr. Estévez presented at the 2019 and 2020 NILG Conferences and was an expert panelist at the NILG-OFCCP compensation roundtable in February 2020.

Daniel Kuang

Dan Kuang, Ph.D., has extensive experience developing and validating tests and measures for personnel selection and performance assessment. Additionally, Dr. Kuang has considerable experience evaluating, supporting, and challenging employment practices, procedures, and tests in the context of litigation support. His expertise in applied statistics is firmly grounded by his years of experience in high-stakes educational testing and medical health research. In his current role, his primary responsibility is to ensure that clients are in compliance with Federal guidelines and regulations, and are positioned to respond to external legal threats and challenges.

Vicki Lipnic

Victoria A. Lipnic is a Partner at Resolution Economics. She leads the Company’s Human Capital Strategy Group. The Human Capital Strategy Group combines the Company’s expertise in data analytics and deep knowledge of regulatory requirements with an interdisciplinary approach to advise organizations on the full range of their human capital needs and reporting requirements including recruitment, selection, promotions, DE&I, pay equity, and overall talent allocation.

Lipnic joined Resolution Economics in 2021. She has broad experience in the full range of human capital, labor and employment issues, especially from the regulatory enforcement perspective. Prior to joining the Company she served as Commissioner from 2010 to 2020 and Acting Chair from 2017 to 2019 of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was appointed to the EEOC by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. At the EEOC she worked on policy, cases, and regulations under all of the statutes enforced by the Commission including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). While at the EEOC she participated in numerous agency regulatory initiatives including the final GINA regulations, the ADA, as amended, regulations, and the revisions to the EEO-1 form to include pay data reporting. She organized the agency’s first public meeting on Big Data in Employment, created its Chief Data Officer position, oversaw development of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics and published a significant report on age discrimination. She co-chaired the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, and co-authored its seminal report, issued in 2016, before the #MeToo movement.

Prior to joining the EEOC, she practiced law with Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. She also served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards from 2002 to January 2009, a position she was appointed to by President George W. Bush. At the Department of Labor she oversaw regulatory development and enforcement for the Wage and Hour Division, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Office of Labor Management Standards and four national workers’ compensation programs. This included oversight and enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Executive Order 11246 and the Labor Management Reporting Disclosure Act.

Prior to her service as Assistant Secretary, Lipnic served as Workforce Policy Counsel to the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was also in-house counsel for labor and employment with the U.S. Postal Service.