November 1, 2019
Koya Leadership Partners is delighted to have placed Amber Hikes as Chief Diversity Officer of ACLU.
Hikes will set the strategic vision for the ACLU’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts nationwide – identifying and removing institutional barriers and doing so with an emphasis on those most marginalized.
Prior to joining ACLU, Amber Hikes was the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, where she developed policy and served as the Principal Advisor to Mayor Kenney on issues that affect the LGBTQ community. A graduate of the University of Delaware and University of Pennsylvania, Hikes joined the Office of LGBT Affairs after 8 years of college access work for low income students of color in West Philadelphia and Long Beach, California.
At the Mayor’s Office, Amber set her sights on fighting and advocating for the most vulnerable populations within the LGBTQ community – specifically youth, elders, transgender people, and people of color. In her first year leading the office, Amber advocated for anti-discrimination legislation at the municipal level, launched a citywide LGBTQ Community Conversations initiative and helped facilitate an international conversation about race and discrimination in the LGBTQ community with the addition of black and brown stripes to the rainbow flag.
Hikes has been recognized nationally by OUT Magazine as one of the 2018 OUT100 and by Business Equality Pride as one of the 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40. Locally, she was named one of Philly’s 20 Biggest Winners of 2018 by Philadelphia Magazine and named Philadelphia Gay News’ 2017 Person of the Year.