Mayor Fischer names Kendall Boyd as new Director of Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced Kendall Boyd as Director of the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission.
Boyd, an attorney who has been assistant director of Human Resources for Louisville Metro since 2014, replaces Carolyn Miller-Cooper, who died late last year after nearly two decades with the Commission.
The Human Relations Commission 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 monitors contract compliance for entities doing business with Louisville Metro Government and enforces all anti-discrimination laws in Louisville Metro.
As director, Boyd will oversee a staff of dedicated professionals who enforce our policies aimed at eradicating bias in our community.
“Kendall is committed to ensuring all of our citizens are treated fairly,” the Mayor said. “He is a thoughtful champion of justice for all citizens and believes strongly in our city goal of ensuring that all citizens have the opportunity to reach their full human potential.”
Boyd will report to Metro’s Chief Equity Officer, Kellie Watson, who cited the commission’s mission “to promote unity, understanding and equal opportunity among all people of Metro Louisville, and to eliminate all forms of bigotry, bias and hatred from the community.”
“I believe that this mission is just as important to Kendall as it was to Carolyn Miller-Cooper,” Watson said, “and that he will continue to work with the Commissioners, the community, and with his hard-working staff to be a strong voice and advocate for equality.”
Throughout his career with city government and as a prosecutor before that, Boyd has been committed to ensuring fairness and justice for all people, and has participated in the creation and enforcement of policies aimed at making the community more equitable for all. He is an active member of a Metro team that is spearheading Louisville’s participation in Racial Equity Here, an initiative of Living Cities and the Government Alliance for Race and Equity.
Boyd earned his undergraduate degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law, and a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Akron College of Business.
Before joining Louisville Metro, Boyd was an assistant Jefferson County Attorney. He previously served as city attorney for Terre Haute, Ind., and as a deputy prosecutor in Vigo County, Ind.