The Town of Kirkland Announces First Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
The City of Kirkland announced the hiring of Erika Mascorro as its first Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer.
According to the city, Mascorro’s position is intended to support the city’s various efforts around DEIB, including the implementation of the five-year DEIB roadmap that will soon be adopted by the city.
“We are very pleased that Erika has joined us in supporting the City in this essential work of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging,” said Councilor Amy Falcone. “Having an expert like Erika on staff provides the City with the leadership and guidance we need to take serious action to dismantle structural racism and create a Kirkland where everyone is welcome and belongs.”
Mascorro comes to Kirkland from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, where she served as program manager for diversity, equity and inclusion, tribal liaison, the Target Zero Manager network and distracted driving. She authored the first section on multicultural engagement in the 2019 Washington State Highway Safety Strategic Plan and the agency’s first roadmap for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Mascorro was also appointed by Obama to the White House with the United States General Service Administration, Northwest/Arctic Region. As an appointee, she was responsible for ensuring that the Presidential Diversity Executive Orders were implemented and communicated throughout the federal agency. There, she was also nominated and selected to serve on the Federal National Interagency Task Force on Environmental Justice.
“The road to equality, belonging and social justice is a long road that we all have a responsibility to walk.” said Mascorro. “The Town of Kirkland and the community are very committed and passionate about continuing to build a town that is a safe and welcoming place for everyone. I look forward to working with everyone on this transformative journey.
Mascorro is certified in NEPA Title VI Environmental Justice Public Participation and has done extensive outreach to minority communities, including language access. She is fully bilingual and has been the Spanish media spokesperson for previous agencies. Mascorro has participated in the Washington Latino Leadership Network, the Washington Immigration Network, and participated in the Washington Office of Equity Task Force/Governor’s Interagency Council of Employees.
Erika Mascorro will be organizing a meet and greet for the community in the near future. Those interested in participating should contact her at email@example.com.