Inclusion Office

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Athens-Clarke County Manager Blaine Williams has appointed Krystle Cobran as the first Inclusion Officer for the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov). 

The Inclusion Office, a division of the Manager’s Office and based in City Hall, is a new office funded by the Mayor and Commission as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget that began July 1, 2019. Cobran began her role the week of October 20, 2019.

The Inclusion Office will work with all Athens-Clarke County departments and offices, but specifically provide strategic collaborations with Leisure Services for youth, Police for safety, Human Resources for recruitment, Finance for procurement, Organizational Development for training, Housing and Community Development for housing, and Economic Development for prosperity. The office will focus efforts on areas including race, color, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and disabilities.

The Inclusion Office is one of the ten goals outlined as part of a scope of work developed by ACCGov and presented to the Mayor and Commission in early 2019. The Manager’s Office and the Housing and Community Development Department worked in conjunction with the Mayor’s Task Force on Inclusion and Equity appointed in 2017 to create this scope of work as part of a community diversity, equity, and inclusion plan.

The scope of work and the Inclusion Office will use targeted strategies and these goals for all stakeholders in the community – not just the government – to understand, appreciate, and promote diversity in the community; begin to bridge the equity gap; and increase economic mobility.