ICMA Creates Equity Officer Cohort to Advance Equity and Inclusion in Local Government Leadership

Cohort is brought together to share insights with ICMA and each other and to build a learning community for ICMA members on equity, inclusion, and social justice.

By Laura Savage | Oct 20, 2020 | ARTICLE

The Equity Officer Cohort identifies individuals serving as chief equity officers, or have equity as an adjunct responsibility, and bring them together to share their insights with ICMA and each other to build a learning community for ICMA members on equity, inclusion, and social justice. This new space will provide networking, a repository for shared resources, and serve as a focal point for chief equity officers and those filling similar roles and programs.  

The following individuals participating in the inaugural cohort have expertise in current content areas and reaffirm ICMA’s commitment to equity and inclusion in the association’s membership and the profession. Additionally, those within the cohort represent the membership from different regions, type of local government, career positions or job functions, and diversity of gender, race, and age.    

Andrea Alicoate, diversity and community engagement administrator, Mesa, Arizona

Dorla Bonner, diversity, equity and inclusion officer, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Jonathan Butler, equity manager, San Antonio, Texas

Krystle Cobran, inclusion and diversity officer, Athens-Clarke County Unified Government, Georgia

Aimee Kane, equity program manager, Boulder, Colorado

Denise Katula, manager, leadership and talent development, Somerset County, New Jersey

Manisha Paudel, equity coordinator, Des Moines, Iowa

Diane Powers, office of equity and human rights director, Tacoma, Washington

Kweli Rashied-Henry, racial equity officer, Durham County, North Carolina

Siri Russell, director of equity and inclusion, Albemarle County, Virginia

Phillip Smith-Hanes, county administrator, Saline County, Kansas

Kira Tchang, assistant village manager/HR director, Oak Park, Illinois

Tricia Tillman, chief equity and inclusion officer, Washington County, Oregon

ICMA is committed to mitigate the effects of bias in the profession, ensure that ICMA membership is inclusive and mirrors the diversity in communities, and that local government professionals can look to ICMA for tools and resources to assist in their own community equity programming.  

To learn more about ICMA’s commitment to Race, Equity and Social Justice, visit the website or contact us at speakup@icma.org.       

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