City hires its first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer

Noah Pasley

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The City of Fort Collins has hired its very first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, according to a July 6 press release.

The City’s appointee, Claudia Menéndez, comes to the role after working as the family engagement specialist for Poudre School District; a Spanish literary teacher and cultural mediator for the district; and the international program coordinator for Trees, Water & People.


Menéndez received a master’s degree of education in equity and cultural diversity from the University of Colorado Boulder, and she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary in Latin American studies, according to her bio on the City of Fort Collins’ website

According to the release, Menéndez is tasked with creating a DEI office for the City in order to increase its ability to “support DEI internally and externally and ensure Fort Collins is a safe and welcoming place for all people.” Menéndez will begin her role as chief DEI officer with the City of Fort Collins on Aug. 23 and will report to Deputy City Manager Kyle Stannert, according to the City’s statement.

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