ALEXANDRIA, Va. (11/19/10)—When the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA’s) newly formed Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) opens on Jan. 21, it will be longtime NCUA employee Tawana Y. James standing at the helm. James has more than 30 years of service with NCUA and has served as director of the agency’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives, regional director, deputy executive director, deputy director of the Office of Examination and Insurance, and Associate Regional Director of Operations. The OMWI, according to NCUA, is being developed in response to requirements in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law in July. As OMWI director, James will oversee that law’s requirements related to diversity in management, employment, and business activities, including:
* Equal employment opportunity and the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of the work force and senior management of the agency; * Increased participation of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the programs and contracts of the agency, including standards for coordinating technical assistance to such businesses; * Assessment of the diversity policies and practices of entities regulated by the agency; and * Preservation of credit unions run by minorities and/or serving minorities.