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S: 20090-2011 IAOHRA Board of Directors

FC: The International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies 2009 - 2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

1: IAOHRA PRESIDENT Leon W. Russell currently serves as the Director of the Office of Human Rights for Pinellas County Government, Clearwater, Florida. He has held this post since January of 1977. In this position Mr. Russell is responsible for implementing the county's Affirmative Action and Human Rights Ordinances. The Affirmative Action Ordinance provides for the development of a racially and sexually diverse workforce that reflects the general make up of the local civilian labor force. This includes the implementation of the county's Equal Employment Opportunity Programs. Programs involved in the implementation of this ordinance cover 6,800 employees in all the departments under the County Administrator and the five Constitutional Officers. | The Pinellas County Human Rights Ordinance provides protection from illegal discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations for the county's 923,000 residents. This ordinance has been deemed "substantially equivalent" to Title VIII of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Over five hundred formal complaints of discrimination are filed under the ordinance annually. Mr. Russell served as the President of the Florida State Conference of Branches of the NAACP from January 1996 until January 2000, after serving for fifteen years as the First Vice President. He also serves as a member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP, having been first elected in 1990. He has served that board as the assistant secretary and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Board. He is a member of the International City Management Association; a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators; a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies; Chair of the Minority issues Advisory Council of the Childrens Campaign of Florida; past President of the Alternative Human Services Board of Directors; volunteer for the United Way of Pinellas County; past Board Member of the Pinellas Opportunity Council, past President and Board Member of the National Association of Human Rights Workers; and as past President of the Florida Association Of Community Relations Professionals. In April of 1999, Mr. Russell became the Chairman of Floridians Representing Equity and Equality. FREE was established as a statewide coalition to oppose the Florida Civil Rights Initiative, an anti-Affirmative Action proposal authored by Ward Connerly. Ultimately, the initiative failed to get on the Florida Ballot, because of the strong legal challenge spearheaded by FREE. Mr. Russell has received numerous civic awards and citations.

2: First Vice President Galen D. Kirkland is an attorney with extensive experience in state government and civil rights issues, who has served in a variety of legal and policy positions. In May 2008, Governor David A. Paterson appointed Mr. Kirkland to serve as Commissioner of the Division of Human Rights, the State Agency responsible for enforcing the States anti-discrimination Law. As the Commissioner, Mr. Kirkland is responsible for developing, managing, and executing strategies to prosecute systematic forms of discrimination through investigations and complaints initiated by the Division or by individual complainants, and for developing policies and legislation to advance the civil rights of all New Yorkers. | Prior to joining the Division, Mr. Kirkland served as Director of Program Development at the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where he also served as First Deputy Director of Policy Development during his eight year tenure at that Agency. He previously served as the Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York, overseeing educational advocacy programs on behalf of students in the New York City public schools. From 1989 to 1990, Mr. Kirkland was the Executive Director of the New York City Civil Rights Coalition, a multiracial organization of civil rights, religious, and community groups, where he formulated responses to bias-related violence and organized multiracial coalitions in certain neighborhoods. From 1978 to 1988 Mr. Kirkland served as the Vice President and General Counsel of the West Harlem Community Organization, Inc., where he developed low-income housing and promoted economic development. During this time, he was also President of the Association for Neighborhood Housing Developers, President of the Task Force on City-Owned Property, and member of the Board of Directors of Community Training and Resource Center. He started his legal career as an associate at Cowan, Liebowitz and Latman in New York City. Mr. Kirkland holds a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College.

5: Treasurer Homer C. Floyd is Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, a position he has held since February, 1970. Before coming to Harrisburg, Mr. Floyd held positions in agencies at the local, state and federal levels in Kansas, Nebraska and Washington, DC, and has amassed an impressive record of accomplishments in civil rights. He has received numerous awards from civil and human rights organizations for his contributions in the field of human relations. From 1966-1970, Mr. Floyd was Executive Director of the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights, and a consultant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, serving North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. He also has served as a consultant to the Government of the Virgin Islands and to state and local agencies. | Mr. Floyd's career in human rights began after he spent 18 months as a Recreation Department Supervisor in Kansas City, Missouri. Joining the Kansas Commission in 1961, he left in 1964 to become Executive Director of the Topeka Human Relations Commission. From there, Mr. Floyd went to Washington to assist in the preparation of rules, regulations, procedures and training programs for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1965 he became Executive Director of the Omaha Human Relations Board. Mr. Floyd also is a former professional football player with the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian football league. Mr. Floyd serves on many Boards and Committees, including Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies, member of the Samuel L. Abrams Foundation Board, the Pennsylvania Housing Advisory Committee, EEOC Standing Committee, past Chair of the Central Pennsylvania Advisory Board to the United Negro College Fund, past Present of the Boys Club of Harrisburg, former member of the Board of Directors of the Tri-County United Way, Board of Directors of the Harrisburg Area YMCA, a life member and former Polemarch of the Harrisburg Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, life member of the NAACP, member of the National Association of Human Rights Workers, life member of the Kansas University Alumni Association, former Board of Directors of the Tri-County Volunteer Action Center, former President of the Susquehanna Township Midget Basketball Association, and member of the Harrisburg Chapter of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, and member of A.A.R.P. He has served on the Governors Affirmative Action Council, the Governors Housing Task Force and the Susquehanna Manpower Development Corporation.

6: Past President James L. Stowe (Jim) currently serves as the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Maryland Office of Human Rights. This agency, established in 1992, provides leadership to the people of Montgomery County toward educating the citizens about cultural diversity; identifying and resolving community tensions; and eliminating racism/discrimination, as it works toward Building a Community for All. Mr. Stowe served as the first Executive Director of the City of Columbus, Community Relations Commission. He had been instrumental in involving city leaders in both the public and private sectors in examining the negative impact of racism on the entire community. | He co-facilitated a pilot program for small group discussion (study circles) on race relations. Jim was a member of the United Way ACCORD Vision Council (Formerly the Race Relations Vision Council), which worked in partnership with the Columbus Dispatch and The Ohio State University Research Center to develop the most comprehensive Race Relations Survey for Columbus and the Central Ohio area. He has been a driving force in moving the city of Columbus toward a greater acknowledgement of diversity as a viable resource to the community through the Columbus Way Initiative. This initiative was the City of Columbus Ohio's response to the Tragedy of 9/11. In addition, he has worked tirelessly with immigrant and refugee communities assisting in resettlements efforts of these newcomers to city of Columbus. Columbus in now home to the fastest growing immigrant and refugee populations in the Midwest. Jim is also host of a community affairs program called Community Tapestry. The program highlights issues of diversity and human interest aspects of the Columbus community. Jim serves as the Immediate Past President of the International Association of Official Human Rights. During his membership he has held numerous offices and committee assignments within the organization. They include 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President. He is also a former national board member and Past President of the National Association of Human Right Workers. Jim is a trained mediator with certification from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. His professional affiliations and professional experience have included: Southern Region Vice President of the National Association of Human Rights Workers (NAHRW) (1989-90); Member, International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (1987-2009); 1st Vice President International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (1999-2003), 2nd Vice President International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies; and President of the National Association of Human Rights Workers (1990-1991).

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