Donte Hilliard

Placed Leader

Donte Hilliard

Racial Justice Center Director
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

October 26, 2020

Koya partnered with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) on its Racial Justice Center Director search. Our work resulted in the placement of Donte Hilliard.

SEIU is a union of about 2 million diverse members in healthcare, the public sector, and property services who believe in and fight for our Vision for a Just Society: where all workers are valued and all people respected—no matter where we come from or what color we are; where all families and communities can thrive; and where we leave a better and more equitable world for generations to come.

Hilliard is a long-time Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) professional who specifically identifies as an applied social justice practitioner. Hilliard has a deep understanding of the structural relationship between individual, organizational, and institutional development. Donte seeks roles in mission-driven organizations where he can leverage his vision, passion, leadership, and expertise to make a strategic and measurable impact on those most affected by social inequity (BIPOC Women, Youth, and LGBTQ folks).

As a DEI professional, Hilliard has discovered that many organizations operate in a 1980’s “diversity model” and much of his work has been focused on moving organizations toward a 21st century intersectional Social Justice, Equity & Inclusion model.  His fluency in this work—in particular Hilliard’s understanding of the role that sustainability, equity, capacity building, and application play in efforts to operate in a Social Justice model—sharpens his ability to be an effective DEI leader and strategic partner.

As a racial justice subject matter expert, Hilliard has been called on to share his insights on projects such as: “Money, Power and Race: The Lived Experience of Fundraisers of Color” (2019);  Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power and Privilege Shape Public Discourse in Progressive Communities (2017) and Uncomfortably Predictable: Race, Community and the Cycle of Violence (2016).