Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
January 12, 2022
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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) is seeking a Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Officer. The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California is governed by a 38-member Board, with 1900+ personnel and a budget of $1.9B, is a regional water wholesaler that provides water for its 26-member public retail agencies to deliver – either directly or through their sub-agencies – to nearly 19 million people living in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties. Metropolitan is the largest distributor of treated drinking water in the United States.

The DEI Officer is appointed by and reports to the Assistant General Manager/Chief Financial Officer and serves as senior DE&I advisor/expert to the General Manager, Board of Directors and District leadership. The position leads the newly created Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion that is responsible for the strategic oversight of DE&I including planning, developing, and implementing Metropolitan’s strategies and initiatives that create an organizational culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through strategic initiatives grounded in best practices, this position will play a pivotal role in creating new policies and driving reforms to existing policies, procedures, and practices that institutionalizes a thriving culture of equity and inclusion across the entire enterprise.

The ideal candidate will have a leadership style that reflects Metropolitan’s core values: high performance, inclusiveness and a mission that supports a positive workforce culture. Demonstrated success in implementing best practices of diversity, equity and inclusion and an excellent command of modern DE&I concepts and issues in a complex organization is critical.

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All interested parties should exclusively contact The Hawkins Company whose search consultants are responsible for this engagement. For additional information go to: Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Officer Position Details

To receive first consideration, please submit your resume and compelling letter of interest electronically to by February 14, 2022. The position is open until filled. Confidential inquiries should be directed to Ms. Christine Boulware at or 312-391-6098 or or Ms. Brett Byers at 323-403-8279, or for additional information, view the full profile at

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email:

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.

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