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Alumna Hester Agudosi ’89 Appointed Chief Diversity Officer of New Jersey by Gov. Murphy


On April 20, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the appointment of Hofstra Law alumna Hester H. Agudosi, Esq. ’89 as Chief Diversity Officer of the state of New Jersey.

“A commitment to diversity and inclusion is a critical step toward a fairer New Jersey,” said Gov. Murphy in the announcement. “Hester’s previous leadership experience, community outreach experience, and long-standing commitment to ensuring equal opportunity for all state residents will ensure that New Jersey continues on the path to economic and social justice for all.”

Agudosi has spent 19 years serving the State of New Jersey in various senior management roles. She currently serves as the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Public Contract Assistance at the Department of Environmental Protection. Agudosi oversees the department’s Affirmative Action Program and monitors employment policies, practices, and department programs to ensure fairness and consistency with the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy.

Agudosi previously served as deputy director in the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at the Department of Law and Public Safety, where she was responsible for administering and enforcing the state’s anti-discrimination policy while conducting investigations concerning discrimination and retaliation in the workplace.

Before that, Agudosi served as supervising deputy attorney general and chief of the Prosecutors Supervision & Coordination Bureau and chief of the Office of Bias Crime. She was responsible for overseeing county prosecutors, police departments and medical examiners, as well as the prosecution of hate crimes throughout the state. She previously served the same department as deputy attorney general in the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor and in the Corruption & Government Integrity Bureau.

Read the full announcement of the appointment on the Insider NJ website.

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