On the heels of a report that found a “silent crisis” among Latinos in city government, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Tuesday announced a new Mayor’s Office of Diversity.
Shaun Blugh will be the city’s first chief diversity officer, and Freda Brasfield will be deputy chief diversity officer. The Boston Globe on Tuesday reported on a Greater Boston Latino Network study, which found the number of Latinos living in area cities is not reflected by the ethnic makeup of municipal governments in Boston, Somerville and Chelsea.
Walsh has scheduled a 10:30 a.m. press conference at City Hall with Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion CEO Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, Sociedad Latina Executive Director Alexandra Oliver-Davila and Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy senior research associate Miren Uriarte.
Blugh is director of due diligence for IMB Development Corporation, a New York City based company that helps companies diversify their suppliers. Blugh helps recruit and vet minority candidates for employment, and previously worked as a paralegal for Boies, Schiller & Flexner.
Brasfield has been the administration and finance manager in the mayor’s office since April 2011, and “worked closely” with other offices to oversee personnel moves, develop human resources policies and ensure compliance with the city’s residency requirement, according to Walsh’s announcement.
She was previously regional neighborhood coordinator for Mattapan and construction monitor for the city’s Residents Jobs Policy Office, and is chair of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Young Professional Network’s Fundraising Committee.