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City of Hope Appoints First Chief DEI Officer

Analysis  |  By Melanie Blackman  
   January 13, 2021

Angela L. Talton joined the organization's executive leadership on January 11.

Angela L. Talton began her role as the first chief diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) officer at City of Hope, a California-based cancer treatment and research organization, earlier this week.

Talton now serves as senior vice president and chief DEI officer to "lead the development of a new vision and strategy to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at the independent biomedical research and treatment center," according to a City of Hope press release announcing her hire last week.

Talton has a breadth of experience serving in senior executive roles and leading DEI strategy. In her most recent role, she served as principal of her own consulting firm, ALTalton Consulting, where she advised national clients.

Prior to that, she worked at Nielson for over a decade and she served in senior executive roles including chief diversity officer and senior vice president for global diversity and inclusion.

"At City of Hope, we are committed to deepening our culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion both in the workplace and through our continued efforts to bridge gaps in cancer research, access, treatment and outcomes in diverse populations across our country. Angela is an accomplished, proven leader who will help further our vision," Debra Fields, J.D., executive vice president and chief transformation officer at City of Hope, said in a statement.

City of Hope has joined a growing trend where hospitals and health systems are focusing their efforts on DEI in healthcare and the workforce, as well as creating DEI leadership opportunities in the organizations' C-suite.

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Melanie Blackman is the strategy editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.

Photo credit: Duarte, California/United States - 04/09/2020: A view of the entrance sign to the hospital known as City of Hope National Medical Center / Editorial credit: David Tonelson /

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