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Mayor Paul Soglin announced today that Toriana Pettaway has been hired to serve as the City of Madison’s first Racial Equity Coordinator.

Pettaway has more than 15 years of combined experiences including human resources, strategic planning, data analysis, building and fostering internal and external stakeholder relationships, and workforce planning. She most recently worked as a project manager with Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development.

As the Racial Equity Coordinator, Pettaway will develop, administer, and implement citywide policies and procedures involving racial equity and social justice. She will work in planning, development, and coordination of the City’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative.

Pettaway will develop recommendations for the use of equity impact assessments, city and departmental work plans, and city and departmental organizational structures related to equity. She will develop and maintain equity work plan standards and establish a system for periodically reviewing/updating these plans.

"We are delighted to have someone with Toriana’s background and extensive experience to serve as the City’s Racial Equity Coordinator," said Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. "She will be engaged with City staff, Alders, and stakeholders throughout Madison. Her expertise will be a guide for the City’s Racial Equity and social Justice Initiative."

Pettaway holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University,


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