Oakland A's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is rooted in our organizational DNA. Our commitment to these values is unwavering – on and off the field. Together, we continue to build an inclusive, innovative, and dynamic culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates belonging and amplifies diverse voices.
The Diversity Taskforce, which encompasses the Executive Team, meets quarterly. This taskforce brings together different senior executives that strategically execute DEI efforts and embeds inclusive practices throughout the organization.
The Diversity Taskforce members include Dave Kaval, President, Miguel Duarte, Chief of Staff, D'Lonra Ellis, Chief Legal Officer, David Forst, General Manager, Catherine Aker, Vice President, Marketing, Communications + Community, Steve Fanelli, Vice President, Sales and Business Operations, David Rinetti, Vice President, Stadium Operations, Adam Tyhurst, Controller, Taj Tashombe, Vice President, Government Affairs, and Kyle Ellington, Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging.
This council brings together junior to mid-tier employees, from different backgrounds, tenures, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, neurodiversities, ages, economic backgrounds, caring responsibilities and more. This council shares their insights and perceptions of what it personally means to work at the Oakland A's and how current DEI initiatives are progressing from their viewpoint.
Employee resource groups (ERGs) are an integral part of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program and are open to all of our employees regardless of background. ERGs foster a sense of belonging and inclusion that can spark innovation and accelerate employee development. Each ERG is resourced to drive actions across three pillars: Inclusive, Dynamic, and Innovative.
WOTA - Women of the A's (WOTA) is an employee resource group that aims to support, empower, and encourage the women in the Oakland A's organization through professional development, networking, and social events and opportunities.
A's Black Professionals - Enhance the commitment to black employees through professional development, education and history of the African American culture, management and networking affairs, and community outreach, while creating an inter-cultural understanding of black employees.
Siempre Unidos - The Oakland Athletics Siempre Unidos Employee Resource Group brings together all employees and our community in unity. Through this connection, we strive to grow together in personal & professional development, enhance cultural awareness, and positively impact the community through our philanthropic endeavors.
Black History Month
This February, the A's join the celebration of Black History Month to honor the accomplishments of African-Americans throughout history. Oakland Athletics and A's Black Professionals will celebrate Black History Month in a number of ways during the month of February and throughout our 2022 calendar year. Some key highlights:
- Celebrate and highlight the rich history of African-Americans leaders in Oakland and across the Bay Area.
- Engage, support, and amplify local Black-owned businesses and organizations.
- Highlight past and present African-American athletes and coaches, club executives and those connected to our sport.
- Staff Lunch and Learn for A’s Employees, February 16th titled Celebrating America’s Oldest National Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin. Betty Reid Soskin is the oldest national park ranger, east bay civil rights activist, musician, and leading spokesperson for diverse experiences of domestic war efforts during World War II.
- The A’s made donations to Marcus Books, Cypress Mandela, Black Joy Parade and Eat. Learn. Play. to support local Black-owned businesses and organizations.
Learn more here.
Lunar New Year, February 1
As part of the Lunar New Year, the A’s made donations to the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Lincoln Elementary, and Asian Health Services.
National Girls & Women in Sports Day, February 2
To celebrate the annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), the A’s made a donation to the Women’s Sports Foundation.