New Brighton Hires Inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Coordinator

Longtime community member Mark Suggs chosen for new role to lead City’s DEI efforts

New Brighton City Manager Devin Massopust announced the hiring of Mark Suggs as New Brighton’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Coordinator.  Suggs will begin his role with New Brighton on November 2.

The DEI Coordinator is a new position that was authorized by the City Council in the 2021 budget.   Suggs will work on advancing equity and inclusion within the organization and community.  He will also serve as staff liaison to the newly-created New Brighton Equity Commission.

Suggs is well-known to the New Brighton community, serving most recently as the Community and Cultural Liaison at Bel Air Elementary School for over 18 years.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications and a Master’s in Educational Leadership, both from Concordia University in St. Paul.

Having spent over 30 years advocating for underrepresented youth and creating equity in matters of minority inclusion in schools, communities, and organizations, Suggs is excited to bring his decades of local relationship-building experience to the municipal government level in the City of New Brighton.

Transitioning from an educational environment where students warmly embraced “Mr. Suggs” to being a member of New Brighton’s Senior Leadership Team, Suggs is eager to start the job.  

“I couldn’t be more excited to begin my work with the City of New Brighton. I want to leverage my existing relationships in the community to further enhance the work of the City of New Brighton, while also bringing new ideas and initiatives in ensuring our community is a great place to live, work, and play for all people,” Suggs said.

“Suggs has a demonstrated capacity to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community, and that local experience combined with his relationships throughout New Brighton will be of great benefit to the organization as he leads this important work,” said City Manager Devin Massopust.

The selection process included interviews with members of the City’s DEI Strategy Team and Senior Leadership Team.  In addition, a Community Panel of diverse representatives from several of New Brighton’s non-profit, social services, and faith-community partners overwhelming supported Suggs’ candidacy for the role.  

“As a parent of three former Bel Air students, I have witnessed first-hand the relational skills and inclusive community work of Mark Suggs.  He is a good friend to many in New Brighton, including several of our police officers, and I’m thrilled that he’s joining our team,” said Tony Paetznick, New Brighton’s Public Safety Director.

Appointments to the City’s Equity Commission by the City Council will take place later this year.   New Brighton residents are encouraged to apply for this citizen advisory role.  When available, more information about the Commission can be found on the City’s website at newbrightonmn.gov.

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