Dr. Kimberly Truong Named One of Top 50 Diversity Officers in United States
Dr. Kimberly Truong, MGH Institute’s chief equity officer, has been named to Color’s inaugural Power 50 Chief Diversity Officers list for her accomplishments as a diversity, equity, and inclusion leader.
Truong, director of the school’s Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, also received the 2021 DEI Champion - Publisher’s Award last year from Color, a Boston-based event producer focused on empowering professionals of color.
“Our inaugural Power 50 recognizes the nation’s leading CDOs,” said Kamilah A’Vant, the organization’s director of diversity programs. “Their outstanding contributions have inspired and empowered professionals of color and earned them the honor of being included in our first-ever Power 50.”
Color developed the list based on the recipients’ career arc, their social and cultural influence outside their organization, and their proven ability to drive change within their company and diverse communities. Nominees were drawn from business, academia, sports, health care, technology, and the arts.
Other diversity officers named to the Power 50 list include two people from the Mass General Brigham health system, of which the MGH Institute is the only degree-granting affiliate: Dr. Carla Carten, chief diversity, equity & inclusion officer at Mass General Brigham; and Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer at McLean Hospital. The list also includes Celeste Warren, vice president of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Merck; Rebekah Splaine Salwesser, executive vice president of Social Impact at the Boston Red Sox; and Rosa Nuñez, head of Diversity and Inclusion at Foley Hoag.
Last spring, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education recognized Truong with its inaugural Rising Star Award, and Get Konnected! named her as one of the 50 most influential people of color in higher education.
Truong is a member of the DE&I Council at Mass General Brigham, an adjunct lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a faculty affiliate of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness. She also is co-chair of the Association of Harvard Asian and Asian American Faculty and Staff.
She is actively involved in public service as an appointed member of the Self-Determination Advisory Board with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. Truong previously served as vice chairperson and commissioner of the Asian American Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.