The Office of Equity
The Office of Equity was created in 2016 to ensure that policies and practices — on matters ranging from hiring and promotions to procurement procedures — throughout Louisville Metro Government align with the Mayors 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).
Vision Statement: The Office of Equity seeks to establish Louisville as a top-tier city, by expanding access to opportunities for historically marginalized and disenfranchised populations through education, reconciliation, advocacy, and resources.
Mission Statement: Through legislation, policy change, and strategic partnerships, the Office of Equity will explore root cause issues to disrupt systemic barriers to achieve equitable outcomes and opportunities for all Louisvillians to thrive.
Office of Equity - Joi McAtee is the Executive Director of Equity at Louisville Metro Government and is dedicated to uplifting her community by any means necessary. The Office of Equity is responsible for convening, developing, and driving initiatives, legislation, policy, and strategic partnerships that will establish Louisville as a top-tier city. Operating with the philosophy that a rising tide raises all ships, the Office of Equity will address root cause issues through education, reconciliation, advocacy, and resources to disrupt systemic barriers and increase access to opportunities and quality of life outcomes for historically marginalized and disinvested communities.
Office for Women - Gretchen Hunt serves as the Director of the Office for Women where she leads efforts to raise the status of women in our community through education, advocacy, and legislation. We utilize collaboration, convene and engagement as vehicles to improve local gender equality and equity through the lens of intersectionality. OFW works to ensure that women have the resources, information, and a quality of life that are necessary for self-determination and self-sufficiency. The broad focus of the OFW includes: gender based violence, human trafficking, social and economic well-being, housing, education, civic engagement, and autonomy.
Office for Immigrant Affairs - Amos Izerimana is the Director of International and Immigrant Affairs for Louisville Metro Government where he is responsible for promoting equity, welcoming initiatives, and inclusion of immigrant and refugee communities. Louisville continues to see unprecedented growth in its immigrant population in recent years, and Louisville Metro Government’s Office for Immigrant Affairs is implementing new strategies to engage the international population. This office is dedicated to promoting inclusion of Louisville's immigrant and refugee communities into civic, social, and economic life of the city. The Office for Immigrant Affairs helps facilitate equitable access to opportunity by developing strategies, policies, and programs that advance welcoming, integration, and success.
Human Relations Commission - Verná currently serves as Executive Director with Louisville Metro Government-Human Relations Commission and has been a member of the office since July 2019. In that role daily duties include supervising the staff and monitoring the daily operations of the department which includes bridging the many ethnic, racial, and religious groups in Louisville Metro through a combination of civil law enforcement, education, and outreach as well as monitoring contract compliance for vendors doing business with Metro and the certification of diverse vendors.