Governor Youngkin Announces Appointment of New Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Change of orientation for the role


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Governor Glenn Youngkin announced Angela Sailor as Virginia’s new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Sailor is the successor to Dr. Janice Underwood, the Virginia’s first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion appointed by former Governor Ralph Northam.

Governor Youngkin also issued Executive Order #10 to designate Sailor as the Commonwealth Chief Diversity, Opportunity and Inclusion Officer.

The post is a member of his cabinet with a role focused on advancing ideas, policies and economic opportunity for disadvantaged Virginians, including those living with disabilities, and bringing people of different faiths together, according to a statement. of the Governor’s Office.

“Angela Sailor’s experience in government, non-profit organizations and the private sector will guide us as we ensure government works for all Virginians across our diverse Commonwealth, particularly as it relates to is about economic opportunity for all Virginians. Additionally, I will introduce and support legislation to change the name of the office to the Office of Diversity, Opportunity and Inclusion,” Youngkin said.

According to the statement, Angela Sailor has more than 20 years of experience in a mix of government, corporate, non-governmental and non-profit organizations.

Her most recent positions include Vice President of the Feulner Institute at The Heritage FoundationChief of Staff to Heritage Chair Kay Coles James and Public Member of the United States Department of State Senior Foreign Service Selection Board.

Sailor also served as director of African American affairs for George W. Bush’s Victory 2000 presidential campaign. In this role, she served as a liaison to African American Republican congressional, state, and local candidates.

The office said Sailor has worked in the media with experience including as a radio host with WGTZ 93 Dayton, Ohio, WCSU-FM 88.9, and as a freelance producer with Fox Morning News, Washington, DC.

Sailor holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys Law School, and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism and Public Affairs from American University. She attended Spelman College and graduated from Central State University. She is married and has two children.


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