Mayor Kapszukiewicz Announced Lacy J. DeBerry, III as New Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz was proud to announce Lacy DeBerry, as the new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion during a press conference on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at One Government Center.

Mr. DeBerry comes to Toledo from Greensboro, NC where he was a Human Resources Consultant since 2007. He brings with him 25 years of experience in government providing human resources, and educational services.

During his time with The City of Greensboro, DeBerry was responsible for handling employee complaints, investigating discrimination charges, and providing technical assistance to executive leadership concerning policy implementation.

DeBerry graduated from Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Affairs. In 2020, DeBerry graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Government, Chapel Hill.

He has been involved with the Triad Chapter of NFBPA since 2008, and has presented at Forums 2010- 2012, 2019- 2020. He is a 2012-13 Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) graduate and served as the President of the Triad chapter from 2015-17. DeBerry is a graduate of Foundations of Management and Leadership Edge. Currently, he is an instructor in the Foundations of Policy.

“After a comprehensive search, I am honored to announce Mr. Lacy DeBerry, III to be our new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said.

“Mr. DeBerry will be instrumental in long-term DEI planning and implementation for the City of Toledo. He is dedicated to advancing opportunities for people of all backgrounds as we work to expand equitable opportunities for our residents in all facets of our community. I am confident, with his education, expertise, and experience, that Mr. DeBerry will be successful in all of his endeavors.”

“I believe diversity, equity and inclusion is critical in moving forward as a community, especially now when it is critical to form productive relationships between the City and community we serve,” DeBerry said. “I am excited to work with fellow community leaders to implement effective strategies for necessary change in the future.”

DeBerry is involved in several community organizations and he has received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and Kentucky Colonel awards for his community service. In his free time DeBerry can be found reading a book, watching a sports event, or biking around town.

Director DeBerry’s first day of work was April 4, 2022.