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Monique Earl: First-Ever Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Earl will lead the new office at the LA Department of Water and Power

Black History

By Briasia Russ

Monique Earl has been hired as the first-ever Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. According to the Los Angeles Sentinel, Earl will be part of the senior management team as she reports to General Manager, Martin Adams.  

As reported by the LA Sentinel, Earl will be responsible for overseeing policies, practices and programs created to improve diversity and opportunities throughout LADWP. Earl will also be responsible for providing leadership, guidance, and support for the department’s Racial Equity Action Initiatives.  

Earl has had multiple career experiences within the City of Los Angeles for 20 years within legislative, executive, and administrative branches of government. She’s also led the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts in recruitment, hiring and supplier diversity.  

The LA Sentinel also reports Earl has a strong leadership background due to her serving as Chief Deputy Controller for City Controller Ron Galperin. She’s also managed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with a focus on workforce development, contracting, economic development and community engagement.  

LADWP Board President Cynthia McClain-Hill is confident in Earl’s new position. “Equity is about making sure everyone, especially people from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, have the opportunity to be successful at LADWP,” McClain-Hill said. “Monique Earl will be a welcome addition as LADWP’s first Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer during this critical time.”