City selects Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
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The City of Fort Collins has hired Claudia Menéndez as its first Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Officer.
As the Chief DEI Officer, Menéndez will be tasked with creating and building a DEI Office for the City, in order to grow the organization’s capacity to support DEI work internally and externally and ensure Fort Collins is a safe and welcoming place for all people.
“This new office and its executive leader will be key to advancing equity and inclusion across the organization,” said Deputy City Manager Kyle Stannert. “Claudia has demonstrated her ability to build community coalitions while also navigating public-sector environments. I look forward to the perspective she and the team she will build will bring to both the City’s current operations and long-term vision.”
Menéndez currently serves as the family engagement specialist for Poudre School District. She has also worked as a Spanish literacy teacher and cultural mediator for the district, and previously served as the international program coordinator for Trees, Water & People. She holds a Master of Education in Equity & Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado and completed her undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Calgary.
Menéndez will begin her role with the City of Fort Collins on Aug. 23.
The Chief DEI Officer is a new executive-level position that will be tasked with establishing a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office within the City Manager’s Office. The position will report to Deputy City Manager Kyle Stannert. The newly created office will establish a framework to build organizational capacity to advance equity for all, leading with race, a strategic objective in the City Council-adopted City Strategic Plan.
To develop the job description, the City hosted 20 listening sessions with 224 total participants. Four of the sessions were held in Spanish. Final candidates participated in several panel interviews with internal and external stakeholders, internal and external online forums, and a meet-and-greet session with City Council. The City enlisted the support of GovHR USA to lead the search.