DIVERSITY AND LEADERSHIP
Warren S. Whitlock
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for
Diversity and Leadership
Assistant Secretary of the Army,
Manpower & Reserve Affairs
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In May 2016, Mr. Warren S. Whitlock was selected as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Diversity and Leadership. In this position he provides leadership and acts for the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower and Reserve Affairs on plans, programs, policy formulation, decisions and practices pertaining to Diversity and Leadership. He also serves as the Functional Chief Representative for the Army’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Career Program and is responsible for addressing issues of accessibility and public use of Army facilities.
Mr. Warren Whitlock began his federal tenure when he was appointed Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Associate Administrator for Civil Rights on September 11, 2011. In this capacity, he directed the development, issuance, and implementation of the entire range of FHWA’s Civil Rights programs. This included the following programs: Americans with Disabilities Act Section 504, Title VI, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, Contractor Compliance and State Internal EEO. In addition to these external programs, Mr. Whitlock provided oversight for the development and implementation of the Agency’s Special Emphasis Programs, which includes EEO and Reasonable Accommodation.
In consultation with FHWA and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s leadership, Mr. Whitlock led the development of FHWA's civil rights strategic initiatives and established systems to monitor and measure the adequacy, impact and effectiveness of programs. This included leading and directing the development of new transportation authorization legislation and other policies, regulations and directives with civil rights implications.
Prior to joining FHWA, Mr. Whitlock served as the Director of the Office of Civil Rights at the New York State Department of Transportation. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Whitlock served as the Director of Construction Coordination for Columbia University. In that capacity, he was an executive member of Columbia University's Facilities Management Department. In this role, he assisted in the development and execution of Columbia's $1.2 billion capital program and $8 billion campus expansion in the Manhattanville area of West Harlem. Among his accomplishments are the development of a successful minority, women and local business enterprise (MWLBE) initiative which, under his leadership achieved arguably the highest MWBE utilization of any peer institution in the United States. He also created Columbia's MWBE mentor program with the City of New York and leading construction industry stakeholders.
Mr. Whitlock’s public service roles include serving as the Deputy Executive Director of the Harlem Community Development Corporation; Vice President for Business Development at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Community Development Agency and Senior Project Manager at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. In addition to management positions on Wall Street, Mr. Whitlock served as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Somalia, East Africa, where he lived and worked for four years.
Mr. Whitlock is a former adjunct professor of Urban Planning at Brooklyn College's Graduate Center for Worker Education in New York City and a Trustee of the Morris Jumel Mansion in Upper Manhattan. He is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI), where he has participated in several Advisory Services Panels including ULI's plan for the re-development of post-Katrina New Orleans in 2005, where he chaired the infrastructure committee.
Warren has a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and a Masters in Real Estate Development from the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where he is also a Charles H. Revson Fellow.