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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Names First Chief Diversity Officer


After a nationwide search, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has named its first chief diversity and inclusion officer. The orchestra announced the appointment of Harold Brown March 12. He is a resident of Springdale who assumes the executive leadership position - one of the first of its kind at a major American orchestra.

In August, the CSO unveiled a 10-point Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan, developed to prioritize the organization's commitment to better representing and serving the entirety of its community. At the core of that plan was the creation of the chief diversity and inclusion officer position.

"In May 2020, the realities of systemic inequity, injustice and racism in America were once again laid bare by the murder of George Floyd," said CSO President and CEO Jonathan Martin. "In this landscape, the CSO must prioritize and accelerate its diversity, equity and inclusion work."

Joining Cincinnati Edition in his new role with the CSO as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer is Harold Brown; and CSO President and CEO Jonathan Martin.

A previous version of this article misstated where Mr. Brown lives. He lives in Springdale.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.