Diversity Advantage Staff

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Linda Whitehead

Dr. Linda Whitehead

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

(lwhitehead@bellevuewa.gov, 425-452-7886)
Linda leads the city's efforts to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion for the people the city serves, as well as city staff. She joined Bellevue in August 2021, after a 30-year career in public schools.

In education, Linda progressed from teacher to superintendent, creating policies and procedures that supported equity and inclusion. She has worked with national organizations and community groups, including the Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network and Bellevue Network on Aging, to develop policy and foster effective leadership and organizational change for equitable outcomes.

Justin Chan

Justin Chan

DEI Community Outreach and Engagement Administrator

(jchan@bellevuewa.gov, 425-452-4257)
Justin supports Bellevue's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, after leading DEI efforts in the state Department of Social and Health Services' Developmental Disabilities Administration. Justin also sits on the board of directors for the Chinese Information and Service Center (CISC). He graduated from the University of Washington with an executive master's degree in public administration.

Sara Boyle

Sara Boyle

DEI Coordinator

(sboyle@bellevuewa.gov)

Sara supports Bellevue's DEI programs by providing program coordination and administrative assistance for community events, citywide initiatives, special projects, and community outreach. She came to the city after nearly a decade of working to advance equity in King and Snohomish counties, including two years as director of Connect Casino Road, a partnership of nonprofits and government organizations serving immigrant families in South Everett.

Marcus Johnson

Marcus Johnson

DEI Community Outreach and Engagement Administrator

(mjjohnson@bellevuewa.gov)

Marcus comes to Bellevue from the University of Washington where he was a diversity and inclusion consultant and instructor. Marcus specializes in critical cultural communication. He is a doctor of philosophy candidate, centering his research on race, gender and identity. Marcus continues to expand his work as a facilitator and advocates for cultivating inclusive and diverse spaces.