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Wilmington hires new DEI director

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The City of Wilmington has hired a new DEI director. (Port City Daily/file photo)

WILMINGTON — The City of Wilmington has hired Kimberly Carson as its next director of diversity, equity and inclusion, her first day May 20.

Carson comes to the city from Burlington, Vermont, where she has led that city’s equity and inclusion strategies since 2022. Prior to that, she worked for the Iowa Judicial Branch in a variety of roles, including talent management and development, leadership development and diversity and inclusion.

The new director will lead the city’s Equity & Inclusion Office, established in 2022 in response to city council’s unanimous commitment to its Rise Together Initiative. Carson is taking over the role from Joe Conway, the city’s first director that left in December for a position at UNC Health.

Carson holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a DEI Certification from Cornell University. Carson is currently seeking her master’s in organizational leadership and learning from George Washington University.

As told to Vermont Public in 2022, Carson said the majority of her work was with children and families in the child welfare and delinquency systems, as well as coaching and working with kids ranging from kindergarteners to Olympic athletes.

“I see anything that we want to develop or move from a behavioral standpoint, and looking at the spaces where we need to change or move from a behavioral concepts,” Carson told Vermont Public. “How does our thinking, our feeling, and our actions all coincide together to really make that change we need to be effective?”


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