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Working at CIA

Diversity and Inclusion

Join a Diverse and Dynamic Workforce

At the CIA, we bring the best of who we are to protect our national interests. To uphold this extraordinary responsibility, we strive to maintain a diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace where all voices are heard, respected, and valued. We offer a unique environment to work with people who have a broad range of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and perspectives.

We’re committed to shaping a workforce that fully reflects the diversity of American society. We cannot compete successfully on that landscape if everyone looks like me, talks like me, and thinks like me.

Director of the CIA

William J. Burns

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Enable Mission

At the CIA, we center diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) on the concept of belonging – rooted in equity and inclusion – where all officers are empowered to their best work. Centering DEIA on belonging ensures officers have the psychological safety and workforce support to bring their best selves to work, enabling every officer to fulfill mission needs.

DEIA Change in Action

We invest in the workforce of the future by attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and culturally competent workforce. Our 2024-2027 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Strategy is our roadmap to building a sustainable approach to meeting mission needs. The Strategy outlines our goals, actions, and accountability measures based on the strategy's five objectives:

  • Equitable DEIA Structures and Resources
  • Workforce Investment
  • Equitable and Inclusive Processes/Procedures
  • Accountability
  • Continued Agency Education and Development

2024-2027 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Strategy

2020-2023 Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Agency Resource Groups

Our Agency Resource Groups (ARGs), whose members are employees and allies who share a common affinity, are critical to the effectiveness of CIA through their support and advancement of DEIA. ARGs highlight and help CIA senior leadership work through challenges tied to recruitment, development, and retention. ARGs also educate the workforce on the heritage, values, and the future of their cultures.

Awards and Recognition

  • #1 on the 2022 TOP 20 Readers’ Choice Government Employers list in the Careers & the disABLED Magazine.
  • 2019 Reader’s Choice Top 20 Government Employers in STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine


Diversity is really about mission at the end of the day.

CIA's First Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Don Cryer