Backed by Syndio. Led by an Alliance of Experts.
Fair Pay Workplace is backed by Syndio but overseen by an independent alliance of experts who bring together their expertise in law, business, academia, HR, DEI and data science to define the Rules and Standards that qualify companies as Fair Pay Workplaces. They maintain the integrity of our certification, so that it’s only awarded to organizations who are really committed to solving pay equity.
Meet the team leading the movement toward fair pay for all.
Dr. Zev Eigen
Founder and Chief Data Scientist, Syndio
Zev is Syndio’s founder and Chief Data Scientist. Dr. Eigen has been at the forefront of cutting edge HR technology for more than a decade. He combines his uniquely overlapping areas of expertise in labor economics and employment law with deep experience in data science, predictive modeling and economic sociological research. He has authored more than a dozen scholarly articles and books and is an internationally recognized expert in these fields appearing in the media frequently (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, NPR, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Chicago Tribune, NBC, CBS, FOX, etc.), and is a frequent speaker on HR Tech and data science and law. Dr. Eigen is invited regularly to lecture and present his work at academic institutions and professional organizations globally. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT, a JD from Cornell Law School and a BS from Cornell University. We can try to summarize his experience by name dropping just a few of the organizations for whom he has worked: Northwestern, Yale, NYU Law, Littler Mendelson, 20th Century Fox.
Former Commissioner, EEOC
Chai Feldblum is a long-time civil rights advocate and scholar, specializing in issues regarding LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities and women. She was a law professor at Georgetown Law in Washington DC for many years, helping non-profit organizations advance their legislative social justice goals through a Federal Legislation Clinic staffed by law students. Chai helped draft and negotiate the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and, as a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, spearheaded coverage of LGBT people under sex discrimination law. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the AbilityOne Commission, a federal agency devoted to the employment of people with significant disabilities.
Director of People & Culture, Stitch Fix
Brandon Gordon is the Head of Operations of Team Anywhere at Atlassian, an Australian software company that develops products for software developers, project managers and other software development teams with global headquarters in Sydney, Australia, and US headquarters in San Francisco. The Team Anywhere team is part of Atlassian’s People function and is responsible for driving Atlassian’s shift toward a distributed-first company where Atlassians are connected and effective as remote employees regardless of where they live and work throughout the globe. He joined Atlassian in August 2022. Previously Brandon worked at Stitch Fix, a San Francisco based online retailer,as Senior Director, People Strategy & Insights and at NerdWallet, a San Francisco based personal finance recommendation site as a Director, HR and had previous stints in ed-tech and management consulting.
Brandon graduated from Brown University with a BA in Sociology and Spanish Literature and also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, he’s been a Bay Area resident since 2011 and enjoys getting outside and spending time staring at his musical equipment hoping he’ll be inspired to do something creative.
SVP, Global Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging, Medallia
Lauren leads Diversity & Inclusion efforts at Medallia. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Michigan and a masters and Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from Stanford University. She is passionate about applying social and behavioral science to build processes, design experiences, strengthen relationships, and drive cultural change.
Managing Partner, Arjuna Capital
Natasha is a Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager at Arjuna Capital, which she co-founded in 2013. Natasha works with clients to integrate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into their investments, while engaging major corporations to improve their performance through shareholder activism. Named by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the “Bloomberg 50” most influential people who defined global business in 2017, Natasha was also featured on the cover of the magazine in June 2017. In 2018, she was named to InStyle magazine’s ‘The Badass 50: women who are changing the world’ list. Natasha has served as Chairman of the board of the Intentional Endowments Network and on the boards of The Food Project and Change is Simple. She holds an M.B.A in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School, where she taught sustainable investing for 5 years. Natasha received her B.A. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.
Director of Program & Employment Law, University of San Diego
Lobel is the Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, the Director of the Center for Employment and Labor Law, and founding member of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Markets at the University of San Diego. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Lobel’s interdisciplinary research is published widely in the top journals in law, economics, and psychology. Her scholarship and research has received significant grants and awards, including from the ABA, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Fulbright, and the Searle-Kauffman Foundation. She is a member of the American Law Institute and served as a fellow at Harvard University Center for Ethics and the Professions, the Kennedy School of Government, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She serves on the advisory boards of the San Diego Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Employee Rights Center, and the Oxford Handbook on Governance.
Dr. Mae McDonnell
Wharton, Professor of Management
Professor Mary-Hunter (“Mae”) McDonnell received her Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. in Philosophy from UNC Chapel Hill. She is an Associate Professor of Management in the Organizational Behavior subgroup at Wharton. Previously, she served as an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and as a Visiting Professor of Business Law at Northwestern University Law School.
Chief People Officer, LiveRamp
Sharawn Connors Tipton (she/her/hers) is a Global Chief Human Resource Officer who leverages cultural competency, human capital expertise, and diversity and inclusion to drive high-impact workforces and organizations. Currently the Chief People and Culture Officer at LiveRamp (NYSE), Sharawn has led Human Resources functions across the corporate and technology spaces. She was the Chief Diversity Officer at Micron Technologies, where she built global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies across the US, EMEA, and APAC. Before LiveRamp and Micron, she served as an HR leader at Flex, Gensler and Safeway. A proud Oakland native, Sharawn advocates for affordable housing and quality elder care for minority groups in her hometown and encourages others to be dedicated members of their community. Sharawn received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University – East Bay and her Masters’ degree from Golden Gate University, and she previously held SPHR and PMP certifications.
Read our Rules and Standards.
Our Rules and Standards lay the foundation for truly realizing pay equity across the public, private, and academic sectors. Defining a single set of criteria and a transparent methodology is the only way to ensure parity between workplaces of all kinds, an unprecedented achievement in the fight for fair pay.