CCRI Hires Andrea Ray as New Director of DEI and Organizational Development
The Community College of Rhode Island announced today the hiring of Andrea Ray of Providence as its Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Organizational Development.
A highly-effective DEI and HR leader, Ray boasts a BBA in Business Law and an MBA in Human Resources in addition to nearly two decades of experience in the workforce. At CCRI, she will work collaboratively with internal and external audiences to develop an open, diverse, inclusive, and supportive learning and working environment with a specific focus on underrepresented and marginalized populations.
Prior to CCRI, Ray spent eight years as the Senior Human Resources Business Partner for CVS MinuteClinic, where she led the company’s diversity efforts, including creating its first Diversity Leadership Team at MinuteClinic, and managed the company’s review process by identifying and preparing top performing and high potential leaders for strategic development and professional growth.
She also served as a Senior Consultant for Diversity, managing the company’s Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity programs, and developed a company-wide diversity recruiting and hiring strategy that included forging partnerships with professional organizations to build and utilize best-practice tools to create effective DEI strategies. Her role also included building internal structures to empower all employees to embrace how effective DEI strategies were aligned with business goals and objectives.
Ray also worked more than four years as a Senior Human Resource Associate at Boston Scientific, where she managed diversity initiatives and helped build out Employee Resource Groups and diversity recruiting efforts. She has also worked in senior-level recruiting positions at NurseFinders Staffing, Inc., Manpower Professional, and Bank of America.
An active member of the community – she serves as a member of the Community Investment Committee for the United Way of Rhode Island – Ray earned her BBA from Temple University and her MBA from Walden University, and also holds a certificate as a Diversity Practitioner from Cornell University.