Branch Director, Strategic Diversity and Inclusion
Ms. Jennifer Croft Gioffre is a Branch Director within the Diversity and Inclusion Division at the National Institutes of Health (NIH’s), Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). Jennifer has been in this role since April of 2013, leading a team of strategists who consult with the NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers on how to advance diversity and inclusion within their respective organizations and across the agency. We provide practical tools, training, and problem solving; synthesizing all available data to analyze and evaluate agency policies, procedures, and practices, taking into full consideration complex legislative, programmatic, and management issues and problems.
In collaboration with NIH and HHS stakeholders, we are implementing EEOC’s updated instructions to create "Model EEO Programs" as required by Management Directive 715 (MD-715), the policy guidance which the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides to Federal agencies for their use in establishing and maintaining effective programs of equal employment opportunity (EEO) under Section 717 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Through these activities and initiatives, we have been impactful in moving the needle toward weaving equity, diversity, and inclusion into the fabric of the work we do every day at the NIH—building on the framework of the "EDI 365" vision and the EEOC’s vision of a "Model EEO Program".
Prior to joining NIH, Jennifer has held a myriad of key leadership roles in the Civil Rights, EEO, and D&I federal space, and especially in the disability employment arena. In 1995, Ms. Gioffre began her government service with the EEO Office at the Food and Drug Administration, and she has also worked for the Department of Commerce, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Jennifer’s original background is American Sign Language interpreting. She achieved top certifications from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf in 1991 and 1994.
Jennifer recently completed a Masters’ Degree from The George Washington University, majoring in Public Leadership in a Multi-Sector Environment. Coursework focused on how to work across the public, private, and social sectors of society to resolve organizational issues and problems. It included an in-depth study of various management systems that are used to achieve high performance in organizations, especially Lean Six Sigma. (Green Belt Lean Six Sigma certification achieved in 2016.) Her undergraduate degree in Psychology was attained from the University of Maryland, College Park.