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Emma E. Houston

Emma E. Houston

Director of  Diversity & Inclusion 
Office: 385-468-7014 

A longtime community volunteer, Emma was appointed in 2016 as Diversity & Inclusion Director by Mayor Ben McAdams for Salt Lake County’s Office of Diversity Affairs.  Emma was also appointed by Governor Herbert as the chair of the Utah MLK Commission.

She is the former chairperson of the Governor's Office of Ethnic Affairs and former secretary for the YWCA Board and President of UAA/SCANS Board.  She currently serves on several community, national and international boards which includes; the HistoryMakers, Reverend France A. Davis Scholarship Fund, You Got This! Women’s Interfaith, Utah Diversity Connections, Holladay Interfaith Council, KUED, Anne Stirba Cancer Foundation, and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation Community Advisory Committee. Emma is the vice-president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Upsilon Beta Omega Chapter and an International Representative for the Disaster Relief Committee.

Emma hails from Texas, lived in Florida for 10 years and has been a resident of Utah since 1986.  Emma brings her collaborative skills and community connections to the D&I position and looks forward to working with all communities.