It is with great excitement that the Board of Directors announces the selection of Reena Hajat Carroll as CCEJ’s new Executive Director. Reena will officially join CCEJ on Monday, March 9th. She shares, “I am honored to work in partnership with the board, staff, and community to advance CCEJ’s meaningful and relevant mission.” Keep an eye out for invitations to future events to meet Reena!
Reena Hajat Carroll is a seasoned non-profit leader with over 14 years in the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity field. Her experiences run the gamut from program management, streamlining operations, volunteer and board cultivation, public speaking, to fundraising. She holds a Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis Brown School of Social Work with an emphasis on social and economic development and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Reena’s drive to work collaboratively with underserved communities is rooted in her strong belief that equity and inclusion are not negotiable in any segment of society. This value made her the ideal candidate to take the helm of Diversity Awareness Partnership in St. Louis (2007), which she grew from a one person/$100,000 budget to a 10 person/$1 million budget organization. In addition to serving as an Executive Director, she was also an adjunct faculty for Washington University in St. Louis, lecturing about the corporate and community implications of exclusion and discrimination. Her experience working with corporate clients, schools, and the St. Louis community in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson make her a sought-after speaker and trainer. Reena has trained over 11,000 people throughout the United States on issues of diversity, inclusion, equity and the importance of using dialogue instead of debate as a means to understand different perspectives. Reena is the recipient of the Bank of America’s Local Hero Award, the Brown School of Social Work’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the Missouri Lawyers Citizenship Award, and Delux Magazine’s 100 Most Important People Award. She happily relocated to Los Angeles in 2017 with her husband and two young kids.