Mayor Lungo-Koehn Appoints Frances N. Nwajei as Medford’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Nwajei previously served as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and as the Director of the Office of Human Rights for the State Department of Developmental Services

MEDFORD – The City of Medford will welcome its new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion this month, Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn announced today. Frances N. Nwajei, former Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services will assume the role beginning Monday, March 7th. Nwajei also previously served as Director of the Office of Human Rights and the Human Services Coordinator for the Department of Developmental Services.

“Frances has deep experience working on programs, policies and initiatives surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a passion for working with residents from all backgrounds and abilities to strengthen the communities and organizations in which she serves. Frances brings experience working with persons of diverse cultural backgrounds, persons with disabilities, and knowledge in the fields of Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In short, Frances has an incredible wealth of experience that will make her an asset to our team,” Mayor Lungo-Koehn said. “We had several amazing candidates for this role, but Frances’ experience, knowledge, and training made her the ideal candidate for the City of Medford. I am very much looking forward to working alongside Frances, and to formally introducing her to the Medford community!”

“I am deeply humbled to serve in the role as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the City of Medford on behalf of the Medford community,” Nwajei said. “These are exciting and challenging times. However, together, we can become better versions of ourselves by embracing shared values and compassion in times of difference.”
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will, among other responsibilities, work to develop and operationalize a long-term program of initiatives that will develop diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture and develop priorities that provide opportunities to build diversity and inclusive practices into City operations. The Director will take an active role on related non-profit boards and commissions that champion diversity, social, and equitable issues within the Medford community.

Medford city services are available to all residents, regardless of economic situation, immigration status, ability, benefit eligibility, or religious affiliation.

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