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After pressure by black leaders within the Democratic National Committee for the organization to get serious about minority contracting and hiring and an “exhaustive search,” the DNC has announced the hiring of US Cellular executive Greg Hinton as its first-ever Chief Diversity Officer.

Hinton, a Chicago native, will oversee diversity staffing and procurement efforts at the three major Democratic political committees, including the DNC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Convention Committee.

Hinton will begin at the DNC on October 24.

“It’s really encouraging,” said Virgie Rollins, the chairwoman of the DNC’s Black Caucus. Along with other black DNC members, Rollins had pressed the committee for increased minority contracting, which had remained abysmal despite repeated pledges to improve. The minority caucuses have been calling for the hiring of a diversity officer since August of 2009.

Read more at Huffington Post

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