Diversity Action Alliance announces new leadership team for 2021; elevates Glover to President

by | Feb 19, 2021

The Diversity Action Alliance (DAA), a cross-industry coalition dedicated to increasing recruitment, retention, and representation in management for people of color and other under-represented groups in the communications field, announced today the addition of three newly elected leaders for its board of directors.

The DAA board, comprising communications industry leaders and DE&I experts, will be led by:

  • DAA Board Chair: Denise Hill, Associate Professor at Elon University’s School of Communications
  • DAA Board Vice-Chair:Charlene Wheeless, Principal at Charlene Wheeless, LLC & Senior Advisor Equity & Justice APCO Worldwide
  • DAA Board Treasurer: Candace Steele Flippin, Chief Communications Officer, Acuity Brands

“Denise, Charlene and Candace are among the most respected and influential leaders in the communications field and share a deep passion for diversity, equity and inclusion in our profession,” said Patrick Ford, immediate past DAA co-chair and professional in residence at the University of Florida. “The Alliance’s vitally important mission – to be a catalyst for tangible, measurable, and long-overdue action on building a truly diverse and inclusive PR profession – will benefit enormously from the leadership of this dynamic team.”

Dr. Denise Hill said, “The Diversity Action Alliance is focused on creating much-needed change in the communications industry, and I’m excited to continue promoting the acceleration of diversity and inclusion in communications by serving as Board Chair alongside these respected industry leaders.”

The DAA board also announced the promotion of Carmella Glover from Executive Director to President of the DAA. In this new role, Glover will continue to drive forward the organization’s mission, including day-to-day oversight of strategic initiatives, programming and fundraising.

“We’ve seen progress toward our vision, but still have work to do to ensure greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the communications industry,” said Glover. “The DAA thanks Patrice Tanaka and Pat Ford for their tremendous leadership and we look forward to partnering with Denise, Charlene, and Candace to continue the critical work of the DAA.”

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