Mayor Ginther Appoints New Chief Diversity Officer
Mayor Andrew Ginther has appointed Damita Brown Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, replacing Beverly Stallings-Johnson, who began in the position on February 1, 2020.
Brown has been with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion since 2016, serving as deputy director and interim director. In a press release, Mayor Ginther said Brown is especially suited to take on the role.
Brown managed the city’s 2019 Disparity Study, which determined if minority- and women-owned businesses were awarded fewer city contracts compared to other business enterprises.
“[She has] been key to keeping minority participation at record levels on many projects including the new Crew stadium. The community has faith and trust in Damita, and so do I,” said Ginther.
Stallings-Johnson has accepted a position as the new Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Wendy’s Worldwide. Her last day with the city will be March 12.
“I am grateful to Beverly for her service to our city. Thanks to her leadership, even during the tumultuous last year, we were able to support small, women- and minority-owned businesses by streamlining our internal processes, connecting them with financial resources and technical assistance, and forging innovative new partnerships,” Mayor Ginther continued.
Mayor Ginther created the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in 2016. Since its creation, the office has been instrumental in implementing implicit bias training for employees and increasing the diversity of the city’s police and fire departments.
“I am thrilled to lead the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to help the city address some of its toughest challenges,” said Brown. “I appreciate Mayor Ginther’s confidence in me and look forward to making a lasting difference in how the city addresses minority and gender participation in supplier contracts and the workplace.”