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DEIA in Action: Driving DEIA through Data

May 11, 2022

Program Description:

Please join the Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion for a conversation on State Department efforts to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) through data transparency.  Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, the State Department’s first stand-alone Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, will. moderate the discussion.  Panelists include Senior Data Scientist Jim Rider, Data Visualization Expert Rachel Goodgold, Equal Employment Specialist Kip Hurwitz, and Deputy Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Constance Mayer.  For more information, please visit the S/ODI data landing page




Constance Mayer
Deputy Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, U.S. Department of State

Constance Mayer is the Department’s new Office of Diversity and Inclusion (S/ODI) ranking civil service officer, serving as the Deputy Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (D/CDIO). Prior to joining S/ODI, Conny worked in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) where she drafted the Bureau’s first-ever five-year strategic plan, while serving as the Deputy Director of INR’s Office of Near East Analysis. In 2020, Conny was a Brookings LEGIS Congressional Fellow in the Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar. Conny has served as the Acting Director of INR/NEA as well as INR’s Office of Intelligence Operation and Oversight, as Director of Israeli-Palestinian Affairs at the National Security Council, at the U.S Consulate in Jerusalem as Political Counselor, and at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo as a Political-Military Affairs Officer. From 2010 to 2013, Conny was the Deputy Director of the President’s Daily Brief, responsible for strategically re-orienting the enterprise to ensure that all relevant Intelligence Community agencies were contributing their expertise to the President’s book, per the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission. Conny started her overseas service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. She has a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York and a BA from the University of Delaware in Political Science and Communications. 




Jim Rider Senior Data Scientist, Bureau of Global Talent Management

Jim Rider is a Senior Data Scientist in the Bureau of Global Talent Management. Jim has worked in the civil service for the past 16 years, and currently serves as a Data Scientist and Senior Advisor. He is the Department’s foremost senior expert in global talent data analytics, technical workforce planning, and statistical modeling. He received B.S. and M.E. degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.








Kip Hurwitz
Equal Employment Specialist, Office of Civil Rights

Kip Hurwitz is an Equal Employment Specialist in the Office of Civil Rights (S/OCR). He has worked on different projects such as the Management Directive 715 (MD-715) report filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), streamlining Department practices to avoid potential EEO issues, advising on policy matters relating to the Department’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility efforts, diversity data products, and various communications on EEO matters such as trend analyses, retaliation, and the No FEAR Act. He has been a certified EEO Counselor for six years. Before working in his current position, Kip attended California State University, Fullerton, attaining his Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics 








Shari Tucker Project Manager, M/SS Center for Analytics

Shari Tucker has been a Project Manager at M/SS Center for Analytics (CfA) since April 2020.  She has managed data analytics projects that have produced dashboards such as Management Analytics Portal (MAP) 3.0 and Anomalous Health Incidents (AHI).  Shari currently leads CfA’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) and Quick Response Team (QRT) efforts.  Before joining CfA, Shari worked in the Office of Consular Systems and Technology (CA/CST) and managed software development for the American Citizen Services (ACS) suite of applications that support U.S. citizens abroad.  Shari holds an MBA in Information Security Management and a BSBA in Management Information Systems from the University of West Florida.




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