Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14 until further notice

COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is now available for everyone 5 and older! Get your children vaccinated today. Find a City-run vaccine clinic or partner vaccine clinic to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you have questions about vaccination, call (215) 685-5488.
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Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Building an inclusive government that reflects its community and a city where race is not a determinant of success.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

What we do

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) works with City departments, external partners, and community members to dismantle institutional and structural barriers that have held back many Philadelphia residents for too long. The Office reinforces the Kenney Administration’s commitment to creating a more equitable Philadelphia, where race, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, or neighborhood are not a determinant of success. An equitable Philadelphia is one where all thrive. It requires City government’s policies, services, and distribution of resources to account for the distinct histories, challenges, and needs of different communities it serves.

To achieve these goals, DEI focuses on several core priorities:

  • Building a workforce—at all levels—that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and a workplace culture that values inclusion and racial equity as both a process and outcome.
  • Advancing a shared framework to embed racial equity as a governing principle in the City’s budgeting, community engagement, service delivery, and significant strategic initiatives.
  • Promoting equitable procurement, contracting, and entrepreneurship outcomes so that every person and every business has the chance to grow successfully—including supporting commerce in neighborhoods that have been harmed by unequal lending practices.
  • Working collaboratively with City departments, community partners, and other institutions to understand institutional racism, eliminate racial inequity, and improve outcomes for all, while paying closer attention to communities who are worse off.

DEI includes and works closely with:


City Hall
Room 215
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email diversityinclusion@phila.gov


Name Job title Phone #
Adrienne Ewing Director of ADA Compliance
(215) 686-2194
Shanell Hagood Director of Racial Equity Policy and Strategy
Wendell Jackson Director of Workforce Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
(215) 686-0341
Erik Larson Deputy Director, Office of LGBT Affairs
(215) 686-0330
Celena Morrison Executive Director, Office of LGBT Affairs
(215) 686-0330
Amy Nieves Executive Director Mayor's Commission for People with Disabilities
(215) 686-2162
Josie B. H. Pickens Deputy Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Brenna Schmidt Diversity Coordinator
(215) 686-2150
Nefertiri Sickout Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
(215) 686-0810
Claudia Tasco Constituent Services Coordinator
(215) 686-2798
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