Salem hires the city’s first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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SALEM, MA — Salem made city history Tuesday with the inauguration of its first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Regina Zaragoza Frey is a Colorado native and was the Inclusion and Equity Manager at Thorne Nature Experience, one of Colorado’s first and largest environmental education organizations. She was also a charter member of the Boulder County LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce and served on the chamber’s DEI committee.

“In my new role, I will strive to advance racial justice in the city, amplify underrepresented voices, address systemic racism prevalent in government agencies, and strive to increase community support for DEI efforts,” she said. “I’ve started meeting and watching community members, the Race Equity Task Force, city staff and partner organizations
We look forward to continuing this effort in the coming months.”

She speaks English, Spanish and very fluent French. She earned a Master of Laws degree in ethics and compliance from the University of Colorado.

“I am pleased to welcome Regina to our community and to this important new role,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. “Regina will be at the forefront of some of the most important work we are doing today. Not only will she drive the recommendations and fundamentals set out in the recent Race Equity Task Force report, she will also help us strengthen our hiring, retention and training practices. Examine policies and projects through a justice lens and mobilize the upcoming Racial Justice Commission.

“There is much work to be done, but I am confident that by working together we can advance this important effort and that Regina will be a unique, insightful and important leader on this mission.”

(Scott Souza is Patch Field Editor for Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, and Swampscott. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @Scott_Souza.)

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