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Chief Equity Officer Recruitment

The City of Tacoma is seeking an experienced and passionate leader to serve as its next Chief Equity Officer. As a key member of the City's Executive Leadership Team, this highly visible position leads the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies, education, policies and programs while working closely and collaboratively with other departments within the City and the Tacoma community. The next Chief Equity Officer's first priority will be to join the City Council, Mayor, City Manager, and other City executives in leading Transforming Tacoma - a City initiative and commitment to engage in comprehensive change to meet the anti-racist goals and outcomes outlined in City Council Resolution 40622.

Details regarding this position are available in this job announcement.


Get Involved


Let us know what you would like to see in our next Chief Equity Officer. To share your thoughts and ideas, which will help inform our interview questions, please contact Shelby Fritz at sfritz@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 328-1306.


Access details for virtual community events  will be posted within the Recruitment Timeline section below, when those details become available.


Recruitment Timeline

Updated January 12, 2021 4:21 PM

  • Position Posted
    November 13, 2020

  • Position Closed
    December 7, 2020
  • Application Review
    December 9, 2020 to Present
  • Projected Timeframe for Semi-finalist Interviews
    Dates TBD
  • Projected Timeframe for Virtual Community Events* / Finalist Interviews
    Dates TBD

    * Access details for virtual community events will be posted here when those details become available.


Position Competency Card Sort Review Panel

Troy Christensen, Rainbow Center

Craig Cogger, Faith Advisory Group

Valorie Crout, Associated Ministries

Jackie Flowers, Tacoma Public Utilities

Anita Gallagher, City of Tacoma 

Mia Navarro, City of Tacoma 

T'wina Nobles, Tacoma Urban League

Elizabeth Pauli, City of Tacoma 

Chris Robinson, Tacoma Public Utilities

Megan Snow, City of Tacoma 

Wayne Williams, Black Collective

Lisa Woods, City of Tacoma


Subject Matter Review Panel


Gary Buchanan, City of Tacoma

Lorenzo Cervantes, Pierce County AIDS Foundation

John Gaines, Tacoma Public Utilities

Tamar Jackson, WorkForce Central

Kurtis Kingsolver, City of Tacoma

Michealea Lemons, Pierce County AIDS Foundation

Mia Navarro, City of Tacoma

Lisa Woods, City of Tacoma


Human Resources Department Staff


Shelby Fritz, Assistant Human Resources Director

Kat Flores, Human Resources Analyst

Jessica Madrigal, Human Resources Analyst

Nicole Ratliff, Human Resources Specialist




Please contact Jessica Madrigal at jmadrigal@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5344.