Diversity and Inclusion: The Office of Minority and Women Inclusion
Message from the President
As the Bank’s president, I’m pleased to affirm that the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco is committed to equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. I believe these principles make us a strong organization that’s well equipped to meet our obligations to the public, and where each employee is encouraged to contribute at their fullest potential while carrying out the Bank’s mission. In this context, our definition of diversity includes race, gender, age and ethnicity as well as socio-economic background, education, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical abilities, and life experiences. The work of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion builds on our record of dedication to workforce and supplier diversity, financial education, and community outreach. These programs are essential to the Bank’s success, its organizational health and its reputation, and I am committed to efforts that will improve on our achievements.
Susan A. Sutherland, senior vice president and director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) discusses why OMWI was created and how the initiative is being implemented.
The Bank maintains a strong commitment to equal employment opportunity and sustaining a culture that encourages every employee to contribute at his/her fullest potential. Our philosophy is based on respect and recognizes that, while we have a great deal in common, we all bring unique perspectives and experiences to the organization. In this context, our definition of diversity includes race, gender identity and expression, age and ethnicity, as well as socio-economic background, education, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical abilities, and life experiences. Recognizing these additional dimensions of diversity ensures we promote a culture that values, respects, and embraces the unique experiences of all employees.
Building upon this commitment, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco established the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) in accordance with Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The Act seeks to ensure the fair inclusion of minorities and women in management, employment, and business activities of all Federal Reserve Banks, the Federal Reserve Board and other federal regulatory agencies. The Act and the Bank’s long-standing diversity and inclusion philosophy guide business activities that range from staffing and recruitment, outreach to high school students, financial literacy education, to ensuring the participation of minority- and women-owned businesses throughout sourcing and procurement processes.
For additional information about the OMWI or diversity and inclusion at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, please call (415) 974-2482 or contact us via email.