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Chief Diversity Officer

Candice L. Cook

Candice L. Cook serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for the Department of Justice. She develops and promulgates policies and initiatives aimed at advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) across the enterprise.  Ms. Cooks leads the DOJ DEIA Strategic Plan identifying opportunities for advancement of DEIA within the DOJ workforce and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to implement DEIA actions. As the Chair of the Attorney General’s DEIA Advisory Council, she advises and provides strategic guidance on DEIA topics to DOJ senior leadership. Prior to her current role, Ms. Cook served as the Policy Director for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) where she oversaw policy development, implementation, and compliance through multiple ODEI portfolios, including the Military Equal Opportunity program and the Diversity and Inclusion program. She also led DoD’s efforts on the Equity Action Plan under Executive Order 13985 and its first DoD DEIA Strategic Plan under Executive Order 14035. Ms. Cook developed DoD’s first-ever overarching civilian anti-harassment policy and contributed significantly to the development of its first comprehensive military anti-harassment policy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Southern Utah University, a Juris Doctor degree from New England Law Boston, and a Master of Dispute Resolution degree from the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine School of Law. 

Updated May 2, 2024