Major news comes from New York as the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has appointed a new chief supplier diversity officer. Kevin V.G. Wells, former environmental attorney, “will be responsible for directing and implementing policy and programs to increase opportunities for minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE) in agency contracts.”

Prior to this responsibility, Wells held the title of “director of responsible economic inclusion at the city’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development, where he worked to ensure the agency’s M/WBE compliance and developed and implemented M/WBE outreach initiatives among other duties. He was also was a senior director at Nima Hunter, Inc. and general counsel/director of M/WBE compliance at The NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.”

It’s always a good sign when a former employee for a certifying agency like the e NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council takes up a job to head an organizations supplier diversity efforts. The experience should help Wells significantly.

According to Waste 360, Wells new role responsibilities will include the following:

  • standardize and streamline the process of identifying and utilizing M/WBEs on agency contract opportunities
  • market the agency’s M/WBE program in the private sector to identify diverse vendors in the waste disposal and organics recycling areas
  • increase the utilization of certified M/WBEs for the agency by creating initiatives that are innovative and sustainable
  • work to continue to ensure that DSNY programs and processes are in accordance with the city’s policies and procedures and all applicable regulations.