Created in 2016 by Mayor Greg Fischer, the Office of Equity focuses on ensuring that policies and practices — on matters ranging from hiring and promotions to procurement procedures — throughout Louisville Metro Government align with Mayor Fischer’s commitment to improving racial equity in the city. The Office was created in partnership with the city’s work with the National Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). The Office of Equity also houses the city’s Human Relations Commission, whose purpose is to bridge the many ethnic, racial, and religious groups in Louisville Metro through a combination of civil law enforcement and education and outreach.
Meet Michael Meeks, Interim Chief Equity Officer
Michael Meeks has been director of the Office of Equity under the leadership of both previous Chief Equity Officers, providing leadership and administrative support and advice on equity issues and has served as Director of Records Compliance in the Office of Management & Budget, responsible for coordination and facilitation of open records requests and responsible for storage, retrieval, and final disposition of inactive public records throughout all Louisville Metro Government. He also served as assistant to the Chief Logistics Officer at the Speed Art Museum, Substitute Teacher with Jefferson County Public Schools, and was a Registered Legislative Agent.
Meeks retired from the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission in 2006 where he served as Committee Staff Administrator for the Government Contract Review Committee and Legislative Analyst for the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations. He is a graduate of DuPont Manual High School, Morehead State University and Howard University School of Law.
As Interim Chief Equity Officer, Meeks' focus will be continuing to ensure that: transparency remains a high priority, American Rescue Plan Funds are equitably distributed, there is progress made in the area of equity in government procurement and contracting, the Lean Into Louisville initiative stays vibrant and active, and there is progress made in reconciling the relationship between residents and LMPD.
Contact Michael Meeks at [email protected]