Blinken announces appointment of new DEI chief after 10-month vacancy

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the appointment of a new chief diversity and inclusion officer at the State Department on Tuesday, 10 months after the role became vacant.

Blinken said Zakiya Carr Johnson will be the new CDIO and is expected to create a workforce that “reflects America.” Carr Johnson previously worked for the State Department from 2010 to 2017.

“American diplomacy can only succeed if it fully harnesses all of the talent that our nation has to offer,” Blinken said in a statement. “That is why I created the position of CDIO to elevate [diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility] within our organization and give it the dedicated senior-level attention that it deserves. … We will continue to pursue this mission aggressively, because recruiting, nurturing, and promoting the most capable workforce possible is
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