Grand Rapids Chamber hires director of inclusion

Andre Daley. Courtesy Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce hired a new director to oversee its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programming.

The chamber said Thursday, Oct. 28, it hired Andre Daley for the role. Daley succeeds Kenneth James, who left the organization in September for the position of chief diversity officer at Muskegon Community College.

In his new role, Daley is responsible for overseeing DEI programming at the chamber, including the Diversity & Talent Series and Diversity & Talent Summit. His role also will include leading organizations through diversity, equity and training programs, including the Institute for Healing Racism, DEI Assessment, Implicit Bias Training, and Organizational Culture and Communication Training.

Daley has an extensive background in DEI. He has worked as a consultant for businesses and organizations across a wide range of social sectors, from business to nonprofit, health care and education. In addition to his own consulting business, Reimagine Diversity and Inclusion Project, Daley previously was the director of equity, diversity, inclusion and engagement at D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s.

“I am eager to put my experiences to practice in the West Michigan business community,” Daley said. “I look forward to supporting organizations and businesses as they continue to advance on their diversity, equity and inclusion journey.”

A self-described “people geek,” Daley said he is passionate about helping people live their best lives by helping to create an inclusive, welcoming and equitable community in Grand Rapids. He said he looks forward to building relationships as he develops and shares resources and tools to help businesses align their values with equitable outcomes for all.

“As the Grand Rapids Chamber continues expanding its diversity, equity and inclusion services, we are delighted to add Daley’s expertise to our team,” said Dante Villarreal, vice president of business and talent development at the Grand Rapids Chamber. “His background as a strategic systems thinker will be an asset to our organization and the greater community.”

Daley was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and has lived in Grand Rapids for 24 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The City College of New York and a master’s degree in cognitive development and learning from Princeton Theological Seminary.

He is certified as a cultural intelligence facilitator by the Cultural Intelligence Center and received anti-racism training from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training.

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