Walton Foundation Hires Odom As DEI Director

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The Walton Family Foundation said Tuesday that it has hired Tanya M. Odom as its first equity and inclusion program director, aiming to sharpen its focus on diversity.

Odom will work with foundation leaders to “guide the development of an overarching vision” and ensure decisions on grants, community engagement and strategy “reflect a commitment to DEI,” the nonprofit said in a news release.

The foundation, led by family members of late Walmart Inc. founder Sam Walton, described Odom as a “global consultant, writer, coach and thought leader on civil rights and DEI issues.” She most recently working with several United Nations entities in their efforts to address racism and create anti-racist action plans and programs, the organization said.

“As we launch a new five-year strategy for the Walton Family Foundation, we renew our commitment to ensuring community voices are not only heard but that people have a seat at the table to create the solutions that will shape the trajectory of their lives,” Caryl M. Stern, the foundation’s executive director, said. “Tanya’s role will strengthen our practices and commitment.”

Odom is the co-author of “Evaluation in the Field of Education for Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance.” She is a board member of the Institute for Mindful Leadership and the National Society for High School Scholars Foundation, and is also a national volunteer with the American Heart Association and a committee member of the Presidential Advisory on Structural Racism.

The Walton Family Foundation says its mission is to improve K-12 education, protect rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and invest in its home region of northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta. In 2019, it awarded more than $525 million in grants.