The Metropolitan Council has announced Cyrenthia Jordan as the new Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at the Metropolitan Council. Jordan brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role, including 11 years of compliance and worker protection in the public sector; licensed Attorney since 2002; extensive public service; and a reputation for integrity.
Jordan comes to the Council from Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she has served as the Director of Equal Opportunity & Title IX since 2015. In this role, she has provided guidance on a range of issues, including ADA compliance and affirmative action review in employee hiring, recruitment and retention. Jordan brings practical experience to the Council in measuring and analyzing progress on increasing equity in large organizations.
“Cyrenthia’s commitment to public service and equity in her career makes her the ideal person to administer the equity and equal opportunity principles established in Thrive MSP 2040,” said Alene Tchourumoff, Chair of the Council. “She is a partnership builder, focused on collaboration and transparency. Those skills are crucial in the role of Director of Equal Opportunity, where Cyrenthia will lead the Council’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity plans, administer business inclusion programs, investigate discrimination complaints, and serve as a leader on building equity into all of the regional services the Council provides.”
Before her time at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Jordan was a Senior Equity & Diversity Associate for the Minneapolis Public Schools; as well as the Associate to the Director of Equal Opportunity at the University of Minnesota. She was also a practicing attorney.
The Office of Equal Opportunity at the Council helps promote a respectful work environment that appreciates and promotes the contributions of all employees. It safeguards employment practices and business operations that reflect value and respect for all employees, customers and residents in the seven-county region. It also has responsibilities to investigate employment complaints and disability issues, and with employees and small businesses on education, training and compliance.
Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree in legal administration from Ball State University and a law degree from Hamline University School of Law. She is also certified in Human Resource Compliance, through Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She volunteers her time, as a community volunteer and also through pro bono legal representation.