Gov. Inslee names head of Washington state’s new Workplace of Fairness


Gov. Jay Inslee has named Karen Johnson director of the state’s new Workplace of Fairness.

The workplace, created throughout the governor’s workplace, was established by the Legislature and signed into legislation by Inslee final 12 months. It’s charged with selling “entry to equitable alternatives and sources that cut back disparities and enhance outcomes statewide throughout state authorities.”

Johnson is at the moment the fairness and inclusion administrator on the state Division of Corrections. She beforehand labored for the U.S. Division of Veterans Affairs, managing equal alternative employment applications, and served as director for Tri-Love Ministries in Seattle, the governor’s workplace mentioned in a information launch.

“We’ll work to develop a brand new state tradition that facilities fairness in all of its work and offers all Washingtonians with a possibility to get pleasure from life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Johnson mentioned in a press release.

Johnson additionally has served as adjunct school at The Evergreen State School, the place she taught programs in dismantling racism and figuring out bias in public service settings. She holds a Ph.D. and Grasp of Public Administration from Outdated Dominion College, and earned her Bachelor of Science from Utica School of Syracuse College.

Her appointment, which is topic to affirmation by the state Senate, is efficient March 8.