The Council on Foundations is pleased to announce that Floyd Mills has been named its Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a new position intended to advance the Council’s work to promote inclusiveness as a fundamental operating principal in philanthropic organizations. The Council affirms diversity in its many forms, encompassing, but not limited to ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, economic circumstance, class, disability, geography, and philosophy.
Reporting directly to the Council’s president and CEO, Floyd will develop and implement strategic initiatives, tools, educational programs, and opportunities to foster a foundation culture that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. He will also serve as an advisor on such matters as they relate to the internal operations of the Council and as a resource to the Council’s membership.
“The philanthropic sector needs to address its underrepresentation challenge head on, which is why we have focused attention this year on advancing greater diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said the Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill. “For twenty years, Floyd has advanced these values in the private sector, and we are thrilled to bring his experiences to bear on the challenges facing philanthropy. “
Floyd comes to the Council from Baker & McKenzie LLP, where he spent the past eight years as the North America Director of Diversity and Inclusion. He brings almost twenty years of experience as a diversity practitioner, developing and implementing diversity and inclusion programs across multiple industries. His background includes strategic planning, pipeline management, and diversity planning, metrics, and curriculum development.
Floyd began his career in diversity at Accenture, a global business consulting organization, where he was instrumental in developing the first of the company’s employee affinity groups. He also contributed to the programs and diversity training courses that are still in place at Accenture today. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Floyd served as Assistant Vice President of Client Services for Global Lead Management Consulting, a diversity and inclusion consultancy. In this role, he was responsible for developing diversity and inclusion programs for several organizations.
About the Council on Foundations
An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations (www.cof.org), founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. With members from all foundation types and sizes, the Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today’s toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally.