Diversity & Equity

Respect & Love Olympia mural in Downtown

Our Commitment

The City established the Committee on Diversity & Equity in 2015 to advocate and promote equality and diversity within the organization, and to celebrate and encourage diversity in the community.

Our goal is to raise public awareness of human rights issues through educational programs and activities, and to increase sensitivity to human rights issues throughout City government.

We work with partner organizations throughout the community to aid in developing training, events, and recommendations for changes to City ordinances or policies.

To recommend human-rights related changes to City ordinances, policies or practices please contact Jay Burney, LGBTQ Liaison to the Mayor, at cde@ci.olympia.wa.us. City employees may report issues directly to any committee member.

  • Jay Burney, Assistant City Manager, LGBTQ Liaison to the Mayor
  • Chandra Brady, Olympia Police Department
  • Ren Emerson-Beckman, Olympia Police Department
  • Shelby Nutter, Olympia Police Department
  • Jeanelle Stull, Olympia Police Department
  • Corey Johnson, Olympia Police Department
  • Mike Buchanan, Olympia Fire Department
  • Luke Burns, Parks, Arts & Recreation
  • Laura Keehan, Parks, Arts & Recreation
  • Kerrie Burnell, Information Services
  • Daisy Curley, Public Works
  • Olivia Salazar de Breaux, Public Works
  • Heather Reed, Public Works
  • Jennifer Lee, CP&D
  • Christian Enoch, Clean Team

Municipal Equality Index Banner

Municipal Equality Index (MEI) Scorecard

The MEI examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Each year, Olympia strives for a perfect score.

Safe Olympia logo over the door of a Safe Olympia business downtown

Safe Olympia

The Olympia Police Department partners with local businesses, schools and organizations to create safe locations for the reporting of hate crimes, harassment and discrimination.

Diverse crew of City employees working on a construction project


The City of Olympia is a fun and accepting workplace made up of a diverse group of caring and dedicated employees. Every day we work together to make a difference. Join our team today!

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Community Resources

We are proud to work with the organizations below to promote equality and diversity in our community? Want to add your group? Contact us at cde@ci.olympia.wa.us.

Black Alliance of Thurston County Capital City Pride PFLAG Pizza Klatch Transgender Advocacy Group Hispanic Roundtable