UPDATED: Mayor Sisitsky Taps Edwards For Framingham Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer

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FRAMINGHAM – City of Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky has selected Jesse Edwards to be his administration’s Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion officer.

Edwards, who is currently employed at Framingham State University, previously worked for the City of Worcester and UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Edwards has been the Associate Director for equal opportunity and the Title IX Coordinator at the University since April of 2021.

In that position, Edwards oversaw “Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA} request for accommodations from employees” and consulted with management on providing reasonable accommodations.

From June 2013 to 2020, Edwards was the Director Diversity & Equal Opportunity Deputy and Title IX coordinator for UMass Medical School.

From January 2008 to 2013, he was the Director of the Executive Office of Economic and Neighborhood Development Youth Opportunities office for the City of Worcester.

Prior to that, Edwards was the Vice President of Operations for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell for 5 years.

The City Council will be asked to approve the nomination. It is on the appointment’s subcommittee agenda for Tuesday night.

Edwards is a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Boston

He received a Master’s degree from Springfield College in 1999 and his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Rivier University in 1995.

The City of Framingham’s first-ever Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Officer Maritsa Barros submitted her resignation after less than one year in November 2021. She took a job in the City of Revere.


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