Equity Commission


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.

Regular Meetings

Regular meetings are held at 5 PM on the 3rd Monday of every month at Tenth Street Place, Human Resources Department.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes


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Stacy SotteroExpires August 1, 2026
Lisa BattistaExpires August 1, 2026
A'Kia WalkerExpires August 1, 2026
Mayra MartinezExpires August 1, 2026
Kwei-Cee ChuExpires October 1, 2026
Lindsey BirdExpires October 1, 2026
Fallon FerrisExpires October 1, 2026
Austin GrantExpires January 1, 2027
Joel CamposExpires January 1, 2027


The Equity Commission's (Formerly known as the Equal Opportunity / Disability Commission)  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.

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 commission meets jointly with the Equity Commission. 

Membership Requirements

Five (5) members must be registered voters in the City of Modesto and two (2) must reside and be registered voters in Stanislaus County. The remaining members may fulfill either of the above requirements.  Members shall not be City employees, and shall as a group, include members of protected classes including females, minorities, the disabled, and workers over 40 years. Members should have a background evidencing community involvement, understanding of business and employment practices, and awareness of the objectives and methods of equal employment opportunity. 

For more information, please contact Human Resources Executive Assistant, Kelly Rice-Ortiz