Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI)
Paris is passionate about cultivating and promoting inclusive partnerships across lines of difference to support empowerment and social change. They have successfully led a vast variety of strategic JEDI initiatives, including at leading institutions of research, inquiry and education in diverse learning communities across the country and the world.
Paris served as Director of Inclusion at global health equity nonprofit GlobeMed, where they developed partnerships for a diverse global health workforce in concert with USAID Global Health Fellows Program II and the Public Health Institute. Paris worked in a variety of positions and projects within federal, state, and local levels of government, including as Compliance Officer at the EEOC and HUD partner, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). Among other roles, they have also served as faculty in the Department of Management and Information Systems at Mississippi State University, and at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies where they currently reside in Richmond, Virginia.
Paris is also a conservatory trained musician, and a two-time USTA mid-Atlantic region tennis champion. Paris was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, and later studied in Worcester, Massachusetts where they attained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Becker College, and Master of Business Administration concentrating in Social Change from Clark University’s Graduate School of Management’s partnership with the renowned International Development, Community and Environment program.