image1Kevin Spencer Beckford

Kevin Beckford joined the University of Rochester in December 2017 as Sr. Director, Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In this role Kevin will provide the strategy and direction to transform Staff Diversity and Inclusion at the University (31,000 employees).

Kevin has served in a variety of progressive operations roles in the corporate, banking and health care industries. He has held roles in Call Center Operations, IT, Technical Communications, Supply Chain and Purchasing at Kodak; Executive Operational leadership roles at Bank of America, PNC Financial, Bank of Montréal and Director of Nursing Operations (Interim) at Rochester Regional Health.

Kevin has also provided senior- and executive-level transition and change management consulting services for large, medium and small companies. Throughout these assignments Kevin has brought a focus on operational excellence, effectively managing change, and championing diversity, equity & inclusion in every aspect of the workplace.

Kevin is also active in the community, working on social justice, anti-poverty and education initiatives for the poor.

In November 2017, Kevin was elected to the Pittsford, NY Town Board and is the first African-American to serve on the Pittsford Town Board in its more than 200 year history.

Kevin received a Bachelor of Science degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Organizational Management.

Kevin is a life-long Servant Leader and feels he is at his best when he is serving others. He is enjoying serving in his University of Rochester and Government role.