ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Michelle Melendez has been appointed to lead the city’s new Office of Equity and Inclusion, Mayor Tim Keller announced today.
Keller renamed and expanded the department previously known as the Office of Diversity and Human Rights at no cost to taxpayers, a news release from the city said.
Melendez has previously worked has the director of EleValle, a group of organizations that works to improve the health of South Valley residents, and in leadership roles at First Choice Community Healthcare and CHI St. Joseph’s Children.
She has served on multiple boards including those of Health Leadership High School, Future Focused Education and Bernalillo County Community Health Council and the Board of Trustees of UNM Hospitals.
“Creating an inclusive Albuquerque starts by walking the walk at City Hall,” Keller said in the release. “Working together with Michelle, we will build equity into all of our work and our programs throughout the City.”
The new office will include the city’s tribal liaison program and the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.