Alvin Hill, senior director of diversity and cultural competency, has been the driving force behind creating the Centers for Independence’s diverse workforce since he started in 2004, according to colleagues.
“Al ensures diversity is fundamental to every aspect of CFI, from the mission, vision and values to the governance and business planning of the organization,” said Kasey Chard, associate director of development and donor engagement at CFI, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization.
“He has created topical and engaging diversity programs, coached leadership, spearheaded enhanced recruitment strategies to increase the hiring of a diverse workforce, and created employee resource groups that advance the careers of those underrepresented in the workforce,” he said.
One example: Hill launched diversity and cultural competence leadership training in 2021 to help leaders develop the skills needed to guide a multi-cultural and multi-generational workforce.
CFI is among other Milwaukee nonprofit organizations that have taken MMAC’s Region of Choice pledge to work toward dismantling structural racism in the community, including diversifying its board and staff above benchmarks.