Mayor Hires New Diversity Affairs Director

Mayor Ben McAdams has selected Emma E. Houston to head up the Mayor’s Office of Diversity Affairs. He says Houston has spent many years working and volunteering in the community, ensuring a smooth transition for the office and the community it serves.

“As mayor I need to hear from all county residents, to get unique perspectives on how county government can best serve them. My diversity affairs office ensures that connection is made and maintained so all community voices are heard,” said Mayor McAdams. “Emma is a great fit for this job because of her ties to the community, and her commitment to inclusiveness and compassion for others.”

Houston has served as a member of the Council on Diversity Affairs – a group managed by the Mayor’s Office of Diversity Affairs – since 2013. She also serves on several other community boards like the Huntsman Cancer Foundation and the National Council on Aging. Previously, Houston was the chair of the Governor’s Office of Ethnic Affairs.

“I am excited to begin my new position as Mayor McAdams’ Diversity and Inclusion Director. I have worked with members of the diversity community for many years and look forward to continuing those relationships as we work together to build healthier communities for all residents,” said Emma E. Houston.

McAdams says Houston is replacing former Diversity Affairs Director Rebecca Sanchez, who retired in March. Houston has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a master’s degree in Business Administration, both from the University of Phoenix.

Houston was selected to fill the position after a broad public search and was recommended by a citizens committee which interviewed candidates, says McAdams. Houston starts immediately.