St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced Valerie Jensen as the new director of the city’s Department of Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO).
“Valerie Jensen’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion has been the foundation of her work in our community,” said Carter. “As HREEO Director, this commitment and her broad range of experience will be an incredible asset to our city.”
“I am honored and humbled by this amazing opportunity to serve the mayor and St. Paul,” said Jensen. “I am excited to step in and lead HREEO in its work to create true access and opportunity for all residents.”
Jensen is the president and founder of Azon Consulting, a firm focused on diversity and inclusion, leadership coaching, talent development, strategic planning, and business development. Born and raised in Minnesota, she has a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in African/African-American studies from Carleton College, and a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline College of Law where she has taught for the past 12 years as an adjunct professor. She also has previously served as chair of the Board of Directors for United Family Medicine. She will start with the city on Jan. 6.
St. Paul’s Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity deals with issues of justice, equity, accessibility and economic opportunities.