The City of Modesto has adopted a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Program where all employees, volunteers, and the community we serve feel valued, respected, and heard. The Equity Commission seeks enthusiastic members to help drive the initiatives of the DEI Program that will foster, cultivate and preserve a culture of diversity, equity and inclusivity both internally within the City of Modesto workforce, as well as within the services we provide to the community.
The Equity Commission's primary responsibility is to advise and assist the City Manager, the City Council, and staff in matters that relate to equity and inclusion, equal opportunity and disability related issues within the City workforce and services provided to the community. The duties of the Human Relations Commission are carried out by the Equity Commission.
Human Relations Commission
The Human Relations Commission's primary responsibility is to make recommendations for furthering human relations in the community. This commission provides information and referrals concerning fair housing. The Equity Commission is charged with carrying out the Human Relations Commission duties which are identified in the Charter.
Regular meetings are held at 5:00 PM on the 3rd Monday of every month at Tenth Street Place, Human Resources Department.
List of Members
|Member Name||Term Expiration|
|Lisa Battista||December 31, 2026|
|Mayra Martinez||December 31, 2026|
|Kwei-Cee Chu||December 31, 2026|
|Lindsey Bird||December 31, 2026|
|Austin Grant||December 31, 2026|
|Joel Campos||December 31, 2026|
- All seven (7) members must be residents of Stanislaus County. At least five (5) members must be residents of Modesto. All members must be registered to vote in Stanislaus County if they are eligible to register to vote.
- The members of the Commission should, overall, reflect the diversity of the City of Modesto with respect to race, gender, age, disability status, sexual orientation, and other protected classifications. City employees are ineligible to serve on the Equity Commission.
- Desirable qualifications include community involvement, knowledge of the community's needs, and understanding of DEI objectives and methods. Members must be able to commit to attending a monthly Commission meeting and occasional subcommittee meetings.
Each Commissioner will be appointed for a four-year term beginning on January 1, with the first term beginning on January 1, 2023 and ending on December 31, 2026.
If a member appointed to a four year term resigns before the conclusion of that term, the Equity Commission Secretary will notify the City Council of the vacancy so that the Council may appoint a replacement member to serve out the remainder of the term.