State Parks hires director of diversity, equity, and inclusion

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Posted 11/24/21

 

Washington State Parks has hired John Scott as the agency’s new director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Scott brings more than 25 years of experience specializing in …

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State Parks hires director of diversity, equity, and inclusion

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Washington State Parks has hired John Scott as the agency’s new director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Scott brings more than 25 years of experience specializing in diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, goals, and action plans, according to Washington State Parks.

Most recently, he served as the senior vice president of equity for the Washington Charter Schools Association, where he was responsible for equity strategic planning, coaching, leadership approach, and staff trainings for every level of the organization.  

“John is an innovative leader with extensive experience guiding organizations through implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings and practices,” said Peter Herzog, Washington State Parks interim agency director.

Scott’s personal passions align with the State Parks’ goals and mission, officials said. He has spent many hours hiking, running, bicycling, and enjoying the beautiful natural environments in parks throughout the state. 

“I’m honored to be in the diversity, equity, and inclusion director role where I can help support equitable access for all Washingtonians, regardless of ability, race, gender, age, economics, and beyond, to enjoy these amazing spaces,” Scott said.

“I’m excited to work with a motivated and committed team to integrate practices and values of diversity, equity, and inclusion into all of our policies and practices. A primary piece of my professional work over the past many years has been about creating better relationships with ourselves, each other and the natural world. I look forward to supporting parks and our communities to strengthen and sustain these same relationships through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens and ongoing practice.”

Previously, Scott served as a clinical intervention specialist and later the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for Washington State with Seneca Family of Agencies.  

Scott earned his doctorate in environmental studies and philosophy and a master of arts in counseling psychology and drama therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He holds an undergraduate degree in incorporation of the arts and social justice in education from Antioch University Seattle.

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