Gov. John Carney recently announced the appointment of Keith Hunt to serve as the state of Delaware’s first chief diversity officer, who will lead the state’s efforts to define and cultivate equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout state government.
Hunt, who will start Dec. 18, will report to the Department of Human Resources Acting Secretary Saundra Ross Johnson and manage the work of the Department’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion.
The Department of Human Resources and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion were created by House Bill 4.
Carney signed the legislation in July to help confront issues important to state employees and improve the delivery of human resources services. Johnson led a national search to select a chief diversity officer candidate with a deep understanding of the complexity and multiple dimensions of diversity, inclusion and equity.
Hunt served in several strategic human resources leadership roles. Since 2004, he served as managing director of Human Capital Solutions Inc., a human resources and organizational development consulting agency that serves Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, government and nonprofit organizations. Previously, he led employee relations as an assistant vice president at CIGNA Inc.
During his career, Hunt has helped translate business vision and strategy into organizational capabilities for success with a focus on business process improvement, people policy development, change management, people and team development, diversity and inclusion and human resources talent management systems.
The appointment of a chief diversity officer builds on Carney’s efforts to confront discrimination. In April, as a result of Carney’s executive order, a uniform anti-discrimination policy across state government was established to allow state agencies to consistently respond to reports of discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace.