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Sesha Joi Moon (Fed)

Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Office Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity

Dr. Sesha Joi Moon [she | her | hers] is the chief diversity officer and director of diversity, equity, and inclusivity at the National Institute of Standards and Technology within the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this role, her coined philosophical stance is that "diversity is delegating differences and inclusivity is celebrating differences — but equity is elevating differences."

Within her role as the chief diversity officer and director of diversity, equity, and inclusivity at NIST, she has led the development and deployment of the Department of Commerce Equity Action Plan in support of Executive Order 13985 on “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government” and both the Department of Commerce DEIA Strategic Plan and NIST DEIA Strategic Plan in support of Executive Order 14035 on “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Government.” 

During her tenure with the department, where she leads the Race and Ethnicity Committee as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Council, she has received the Commerce Bronze Award for Superior Performance, Commerce Spirit Award, and was featured in a Spotlight on Commerce for LGBTQI+ Pride Month.

Her prior roles include but are not limited to work as a senior talent management strategist within the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and special assistant to the chief financial officer and assistant secretary of administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She is also a senior research fellow with The Conference Board’s Engagement Institute as part of the Employee Engagement and Experience Council, as well as a senior fellow of the Excellence in Government Fellowship Program with the Partnership for Public Service.

In addition to completing executive education programs at Harvard Business School and Cornell University, she holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Old Dominion University, where she examined the role of intersectionality on the talent mobility trends of women of color in the Federal Government. She also holds a M.S. with a concentration in Human Resource Management from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and B.A. in Black Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

She is a member of the African American Federal Executive Association, Federal Chief Diversity Officers Steering Committee Council, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She also serves on the executive committee for the St. Jude 5K Walk|Run DC and was appointed by the 73rd Governor of Virginia to serve on the Criminal Justice Services Board. Additionally, she is the Executive Director of The JXN Project, which is a grantee of the Mellon Foundation's Monuments Project and has been highlighted by PBS NewsHour, TIME, The Boston Globe, and 2021 Pulitzer Prize Winner Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
 
She hails from Richmond, Virginia and resides in Northern Virginia with her wife, Janice Pritchett, Director of Athletics at Lake Braddock Secondary School, and cockapoo, Benji.

Awards

  • Department of Commerce Spirit Award
  • Department of Commerce Bronze Award [Superior Performance]
Created May 26, 2021, Updated May 12, 2022