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In March, Dino Barajas joined DLA Piper’s Finance practice as a partner in Los Angeles. He is  co-chair of the firm’s US Projects and Infrastructure practice and the Latin American Corporate and Finance practice. Barajas is handling domestic and international project development and finance for the firm, with particular emphasis on Latin American infrastructure projects, debt financings and mergers and acquisitions....
Nashville Superspeedway, Dover Motorsports, Inc. announced that long time sports and entertainment executive, Erik Moses has been selected to serve as its next track President. He is the first African American to serve as track president in NASCAR history. Dover Motorsports announced the hiring before Saturday's Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. Moses said: "Our partnership with NASCAR is for them to put on the race and...
XPO Logistics has announced that LaQuenta Jacobs will head the newly created position of chief diversity officer position.  She will start her new position on Aug. 3, 2020.  As an advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion at XPO, Jacobs will be tasked with providing cultural leadership and strategic direction. Jacobs has 23 years of experience as a human resources executive. She joined  XPO in 2018 as head of...
 The Washington Post announced that veteran editor and reporter  Krissah Thompson has been selected to serve as it’s first managing editor for diversity and inclusion.  She is the first African American woman to become a managing editor in the Post’s 143-year history. She started at the Post as a summer reporting intern in 2001. Thompson most recently served as an assignment editor in Style, leading the...
On Tuesday, the University of California System’s Board of Regents unanimously approved Dr. Michael V. Drake to be the next UC president, becoming the first black president in UC system history. He succeeds Janet Napolitano who became UC's first female president in 2013.   A champion of diversity and inclusion, the former Ohio State President takes over a UC system facing unprecedented challenges such as the global...
  The Santa Clara Valley Water Board of Directors recently announced that Rick Callender has been selected to serve as thechief executive officer starting on July 11, 2020.  He becomes the water district’s first African American CEO and one of the most high-ranking African-American water leaders in the United States.  Callender who has been with the water district since 1996, and most recently served as Deputy...
During these times of heightened racial injustice, companies are stepping up their efforts to hire diversity leaders to lead their diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Today, Mizuho Americas announced the hiring of Ronald Taylor as Managing Director, Head of Diversity and Inclusion.  The hiring of Taylor signals Mizuho’s continuing commitment to diversity and inclusion and fostering a workplace culture that benefits...