Nonprofit Make-A-Wish America announced the appointment of Karen Wells as chief strategy and diversity officer, effective Jan. 9.

Wells, the first to hold the newly created position at Make-A-Wish America, will focus on integrating the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts into its strategy. Some of her key responsibilities will include developing strategies, driving organizational change, establishing greater transparency, and building systems of accountability through the lens of DEI.

The position is the first within the Make-A-Wish America senior leadership team charged specifically with keeping DEI at the forefront.

Wells comes to Make-A-Wish after serving as chief executive officer of Bridge Communities, a grassroots organization providing housing and supportive services to families experiencing homelessness. Prior to Bridge Communities, Wells spent 20 years at McDonald’s USA, where she advanced through regional positions to eventually serve at the vice president level in various innovation and strategy roles.