City of Olympia appoints new Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

City of Olympia Human Resources Director Linnaea Jablonski has announced the appointment of Olivia Salazar de Breaux as the City’s new Equity and Inclusion Coordinator.  The position is a new one within the Human Resources Department.

“Olivia will focus her efforts on working with a soon-to-be established citizen advisory committee focused on issues of race, equity and inclusion,” said Jablonski. “She will also be supporting the City’s internal work to achieve equity in our service delivery, decision making and community engagement.”

The Olympia City Council will be working through a referral to develop a commission or committee to advise them on issues of equity and inclusion.  The City’s Human Resources Department will be redesigning itself to both support the advisory committee’s work and enhance equity efforts inside the City organization, including providing education and support to staff to recognize and remove barriers to access and opportunities, particularly around race and inclusion.

“Ensuring that our organization and our organization’s work is guided by our shared values around fairness, equity and combating systemic racism is crucial to our community and crucial to me personally,” said City Manager Jay Burney. “That work will not happen on its own.  We have to focus resources on it to move us forward.  Olivia is the perfect choice to do this work.”

Salazar de Breaux has been involved with diversity and equity work since 1992, serving in leadership roles for the Future Leaders Institute in Philadelphia, the Hispanic Roundtable of South Sound, the Hispanic Women’s Network of Washington, the Hispanic Youth Network, and South Puget Sound Community College’s Office of Diversity and Equity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College, with an emphasis on education.  Most recently she has served as chair of the City’s Committee on Diversity and Equity. 

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to take on the critical work of equity and inclusion; working both with the community and our internal staff,” said Salazar de Breaux. “We have a long road ahead and will need all perspectives and voices at the table. Together, we are going to make incredible changes here at the City. I believe it.”

Salazar de Breaux’s appointment is effective July 1. 
Linnaea Jablonski, Human Resources Director
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