DEIA in Action: Driving DEIA through Data
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.
Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, a 30-year diplomat, is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Department of State and was the longest serving U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta. Through a series of senior positions that included advising the Commander of U.S. cyber forces on our foreign policy priorities, expanding our counterterrorism partners and programs as Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and Coordinating the largest evacuation of American citizens from a war zone since WWII, her professional life has played out almost daily in international media.
She began her formal work in teaching and leadership development as Chairwoman for Middle East Area Studies at the prestigious Foreign Service Institute where U.S. diplomats are trained. Earlier in her career, she served in Baghdad, Jakarta, and Cairo before taking on the position of Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for the Middle East and Africa. Her Middle East assignments include election monitoring in the Gaza Strip and an extraordinary assignment where she actively supported gender equality in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the first woman to lead a diplomatic mission there. In addition to the State Department, she has held senior positions at the Defense Department and at the National Security Council. Prior to that, she was a fellow on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the then Ranking Member, Senator Joseph Biden. Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley is the recipient of the Maltese Order of Merit, Department of State Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, including “For acts of courage during an attack on the U.S. Consulate General, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 6, 2004 by al-Qa’ida terrorists.”
Over the years, Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley has been a keynote speaker for a variety of organizations including IESAbroad, The Cleveland City Club, TrueBlue Inclusion, Harvard University, The University of Denver, The University of Malta, and Johns Hopkins University. She is an in-demand panelist and moderator at some of the most respected international think tanks including The German Marshall Fund, CSIS, The Brookings Institution, The World Affairs Council, and The Council on Foreign Relations on issues ranging from U.S. Mid-East Policy, how diversity and inclusion improve U.S. foreign policy making, cyber security challenges, and counterterrorism. She is a strong proponent of excellence through inclusion across organizations and strives to break down barriers to the full participation of women and minorities. She was Ambassador-in-Residence at Oberlin College for 2020 and served as the Co-Chair of the Diversity in National Security working group for the Biden-Harris campaign.
Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley, a Cleveland native, has degrees from The George Washington University and The Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has been an active Board member on several organizations committed to excellence in educating and leadership development including the Forum for Education Abroad, College Now Greater Cleveland, and the International Career Advancement Association. She also served on the boards of the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art and the Middle East Policy Council. She sings with the Washington Performing Arts Society and has been published in the New York Times Opinion and The Foreign Service Journal. She is the co-author of two papers published in the New York Review of Science Fiction on “Diplomacy in Star Trek” and “The Representation of Disability in Star Trek.” In 2019, she was voted into the American Academy of Diplomacy.
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 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 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
Rachel Goodgold is a data visualization expert within the Office of Management Strategy and Solutions’ (M/SS) Center for Analytics (CfA). In her current role, she combines her passions for DEIA, data viz, and data strategy by working with the DEIA Data Working Group to develop analytics tools, such as the Demographic Baseline Report, for the Department. Prior to joining CfA, she supported the Consular Affairs Directorate of Overseas Citizens Services (CA/OCS) with analytics and reporting capabilities.