CIA Director Appoints Senior Officer to Lead Diversity, Employee Programs
June 11, 2010
CIA Director Leon E. Panetta has appointed Gerald P. Hamilton to lead the Agency’s diversity programs, including its public outreach efforts. Hamilton, a senior officer in the National Clandestine Service, brings years of Agency experience to the position. He will head the new Employee Resource Center, which Director Panetta created to combine, focus, and increase the capabilities of existing offices responsible for promoting diversity and equal opportunity within the Agency.
“As a seasoned leader, Gerry has a clear understanding of how crucial a diverse workforce truly is,” Director Panetta said. “He also brings to the job a deep commitment to equal opportunity for all officers, both in the field and at Headquarters.”
Hamilton previously served in a number of overseas posts and was Deputy Chief of the NCS Human Resources Staff. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Morgan State University and a Master of Arts from The American University.
The Center will be a single point of contact for Agency employees seeking information, advice, or assistance on a wide range of issues, including anti-discrimination laws, disability accommodations, dispute resolution, and mentoring.
“Fostering a workplace environment in which every officer can reach his or her full potential is one of my highest priorities,” said Director Panetta. “It is not simply a question of American law and values. It is decisive to our ability to get our job done in a complex world.”
Last year, Director Panetta announced an aggressive initiative to expand diversity within the CIA workforce. “We must reflect the world our Agency engages,” he said. “Diversity is one of our nation’s greatest strengths, and that creates a natural advantage over our adversaries.”
The CIA has been recognized for its efforts to build greater diversity. The CIA received the 2009 Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Program Award. DiversityBusiness.com also named the CIA one of America’s top government agencies for multicultural business opportunities for 2010.