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The Washington Post names Lahaja Furaha director of diversity and inclusion

Lahaja Furaha (Kea Dupree-Alfred/Courtesy Lahaja Furaha)

The Washington Post has announced that Lahaja Furaha was named director of diversity and inclusion, a new dedicated Human Resources position that will expand all elements of the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. In this role, Furaha will build a long-term strategy and tactics for growing an ever-more diverse and inclusive workforce.

“We have long been committed to cultivating an inclusive employee experience at The Post, and as we continue to grow, Lahaja’s role will help us expand this essential work,” said Wayne Connell, VP of HR. “We’re excited to have Lahaja back at The Post, providing an expertise that will drive our D&I strategy and practices for years to come.”

Furaha has more than 15 years of experience implementing people strategies across transportation, technology, education, non-profit, and public sectors. Prior to returning to The Post, she most recently oversaw the consulting division at Management Concepts. She also previously served as the senior organizational development consultant at The Post, director of education and community programs at The George Washington University, among other roles. Furaha holds a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts from Howard University.

“To create a culture that values diversity and belonging, it’s critical that the foundation of those efforts is built around creating a better work environment for everyone. Diversity is a people-first, long-term commitment, and I’m excited to be a part of a company and collaborate with leaders who are willing to put in the work,” said Furaha.

Furaha joined The Post on Sept. 21.