Indiana Gov. Holcomb Announces State Equity Chief
Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Karrah A. Herring as Indiana’s first-ever chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer. Herring started her new role on Feb. 1, 2021. In addition to naming Herring, the governor also announced that the CenterPoint Energy Foundation is supporting the state’s diversity and inclusion programs and services. Herring previously served as the director of public affairs for the University of Notre Dame, where she worked since 2011. From 2014 until 2018, she served on Notre Dame’s Human Resource’s Senior Leadership Team as director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator. In this role, Herring provided oversight and support of the university’s efforts to comply with federal and state civil rights laws related to policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Herring created Notre Dame’s affirmative action plans, had oversight of employee disability compliance for the campus, and oversaw workplace investigations falling under Title VII and Title IX. Herring earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and her law degree from Valparaiso University. Gov. Holcomb announced the creation of the chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer during his August address to the state. The officer focuses on improving state government operations as well as drive systemic change to remove hurdles in the government workplace and services the state provides. Herring helps agencies develop strategic plans to remove any barriers. As a member of the governor’s cabinet, Herring reports directly to the governor. Through its charitable foundation, CenterPoint Energy has been in discussions with the state since the announcement of the position in August to help understand how they may partner with the state of Indiana to enhance diversity and inclusion programs. The CenterPoint Energy Foundation, through its strategic giving areas, supports programs that serve under-resourced populations to help communities thrive.