The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced the appointment of Kimberly Sanford as its first chief diversity officer. The appointment is a key component of the NLRB’s commitment to achieving the goals established by President Joe Biden in Executive Order 14035, “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce.”

In her role, Sanford will lead the agency’s efforts to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) goals, including building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment, through policy development, workforce analysis, outreach, education, and retention. Sanford will do so through collaboration and partnership with all agency divisions, including the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, which has led the agency’s work to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for DEIA.

With more than 35 years of federal service, Sanford currently serves as the deputy director for the Division of Administration at the NLRB. Prior to her tenure with the NLRB, she served at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she began her professional career as a legal technician in the Office of Fair Housing Enforcement and advanced to become a senior policy analyst in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.