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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 25, 2020—Today the Council unanimously confirmed Tiffany Ward as Montgomery County’s new chief equity officer in the Office of the County Executive. Ms. Ward, who was the County’s racial equity manager, is responsible for implementing the County’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Act, which was spearheaded by Councilmember Nancy Navarro and supported by County Executive Marc Elrich and the full Council. The law was unanimously enacted by the Council on Nov. 19, 2019. County Executive Elrich submitted Ms. Ward’s nomination to the Council on Jan. 28.  

“Ms. Ward’s commitment to fairness and equity, her experience working on social justice issues, and understanding of government operations at all levels will make her an excellent chief equity officer,” said Council President Sidney Katz. “Her collaborative approach to problem solving, her commitment to working with all residents across the County, and her more than a decade of experience working at the Council will serve her well in her new role. Her work will help us take the steps necessary to begin creating a more equitable future for all of our residents and future generations.”  

“Ms. Ward’s position as the County’s chief equity officer will be instrumental in shaping our County’s future,” said Councilmember Nancy Navarro, who serves as chair of the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee. “She worked closely with me and my staff in developing the Racial Equity and Social Justice Act.  The work ahead will be key in eliminating the persistent disparities that disproportionately affect many in our community, and I look forward to our continued collaboration.”

Prior to being the County’s racial equity program manager, Ms. Ward served as a senior legislative aide to then-Councilmember Elrich.  She also was a workforce investment program manager at Friendship House and a voting rights fellow at the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).  In addition, Ms. Ward worked as the director of program services at Mentors, Inc. and continues to volunteer at the Kingman Boys and Girls Club, where she founded the Kingman Teen program.  Ms. Ward holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Child Development from Tufts University. 


Release ID: 20-060
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926, Juan Jovel 240-777-7931