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  • Erica D. White-Dunston is the Director and Chief Diversity Officer for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) for the Office of the Secretary (OS) in the Department of Interior (DOI). As the Director, Erica is responsible for developing and implementing workplace strategies that will aid the DOI in maintaining a continuing affirmative program to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. Additionally, she is responsible for providing oversight to the Bureaus in identifying and eliminating perceived or actual discriminatory practices throughout the Department via applicable Title VI and Title VII laws, regulations, and guidance. She began her career in 1999, in area of employment law as an associate specializing in civil rights and employment law. From 2001 to 2010, Erica worked at the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), first in the Office of General Counsel (OGC) as a Trial Attorney in Systemic Litigations, with collateral duty assignments with the Office of Federal Operations (OFO), writing federal sector appellate decisions, and the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). In 2006, Erica was reassigned to OEO, where she performed all aspects of federal sector review for both informal and formal complaint processing. In 2008, as a result of trend analysis in the area of disability, she chaired the Agency’s Disability Task Force which resulted in the restructuring of the Agency’s Disability Program. In 2014, Erica became a Department of Treasury Certified Strategic Partner which recognized her superior knowledge in HR, EEO and Training. Ms. White-Dunston was one of only 10 IRS employees of the nearly 100,000 employees to which this certification was bestowed. In 2015, Ms. White-Dunston was accepted as a Presidential Management Council Interagency Fellow (Cohort 8). This program was created to nurture, develop and strengthen both technical and general leadership competencies through cross-agency exposure for high-potential and high-performing GS 13-15s. Erica completed the six-month detail to the Chief Human Capital Officers’ (CHCO) Council at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In May 2016, Erica returned to EEOC as the new Director of the OEO. A native Washingtonian scholarship recipient and graduate of Archbishop Carroll College Preparatory High School, Erica was awarded the Lorraine Williams scholarship and numerous Trustee Awards for scholastic achievement from Howard University, where she graduated in 1995. Upon graduation in 1995, she was awarded a full academic scholarship to Syracuse University College of Law. Erica graduated with her law degree in 1998, having received the Seely Johnson Award for Outstanding Leadership in an African American student, the Ralph Kharas Award for Outstanding Leadership in Moot Court, and elevation to the Order of the Barristers. Ms. White-Dunston is a featured presenter/instructor before diverse internal and external audiences and is a member of both DC and MD Bars. Ms. White-Dunston, whose passions include reading, travelling and mentoring young people. She is an active member of the Executive Women in Government, and a member of the prestigious Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.