Mayor appoints Verná Goatley as Director of the Human Relations Commission
“The events of recent weeks have underscored the fact that our city needs to work even harder on equity, diversity and inclusion, and Verná’s commitment to these values, along with her skills for mediating potentially divisive issues make her the perfect person to lead our HRC,” said Mayor Fischer. “Her commitment to aligning departmental strategies with diversity and inclusion principles will help guide the work we do so that all residents truly have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
Goatley joined the HRC in 2019 as Assistant Director and since 1999 has held several positions within city government where she has advocated for small businesses and minorities.
The HRC seeks to bridge the many ethnic, racial and religious groups in Louisville Metro through a combination of civil law enforcement and education/outreach. The commission works to ensure that every Louisvillian is able to participate fully in civic activities and strives to bring awareness and appreciation of the community’s diverse populations.
The commission also monitors contract compliance for entities doing business with Louisville Metro Government and enforces all anti-discrimination laws in the city.
“I am excited for this opportunity to continue the important work that’s needed to better our community and ensure economic opportunities are available to all, regardless of their background, religion, skin color or gender,” said Goatley, who replaces Kendall Boyd, who led the office for nearly three years before Mayor Fischer recently named him LMG’s Chief of Equity.
Goatley holds a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Bellarmine University. She is a member of the Governor’s Economic Opportunity Commission, the Women's Business Center of Kentucky Board of Advisors, Chestnut Street YMCA Board of Directors, Black Achievers Steering Committee and the NOIR Black Chamber of Commerce. She also serves the community as a representative of the Shawnee Neighborhood Association and the Shawnee Transformation Youth Coalition.