Mayor Sarno appoints city’s new diversity, inclusion officer

Hampden County

The city of Springfield appointed a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Wednesday morning

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Attorney Talia Gee will begin her work for the city’s newest created position on January 14.

“I was happy to join the City of Springfield as an attorney and I am even more excited to enter into this new role as Chief Diversity Officer,” said Gee. “I take pride in working for the City of Springfield, my hometown, and working for the taxpayers of this great City.”

She also stated that the position of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer was critical to Springfield’s “objective to recruit and develop an inclusive and diverse City workforce that reflects its demographic.”

“I’ve been a lawyer doing discrimination and labor relation issues all of my career,” said Gee. “So I’m excited to have this opportunity to now work as sort of the advising piece if you will.” 

Sarno called Gee a “very talented attorney, with the perfect experience and skill set” for the position.

According to City of Springfield Spokesperson Marian Sullivan, Gee is a graduate of St. John’s University in New York City and got her MBA and Law Degree from Western New England University.

In addition to her work in law, Gee is also the Board Chairwoman of the Springfield Boys and Girls Club and co-created the “How to Wear Your Crown” event which focuses on teenage girls from the Springfield area.

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