Irene Marion

Director, Departmental Office of Civil Rights Office of the Secretary

Irene Marion serves as the Director of the Departmental Office of Civil Rights. Marion has served in roles in the nonprofit, philanthropy and government sectors, including the U.S. Student Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Congressional Black Caucus, Coalition for a Livable Future and the Funders Committee for Civic Participation. Most recently, Marion served as Equity and Inclusion Manager for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation. Marion is a proud graduate of Howard University.

As leader of the Departmental Office of Civil Rights, Director Marion oversees USDOT’s enforcement of civil rights laws and regulations, which prohibit workplace discrimination in employment and the provision of government services. DOCR’s core programs areas include Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) initiatives and employee complaint processing; Title VI; Disability; and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. 

Director Marion also serves as co-lead of the USDOT-wide Equity Taskforce and is responsible for strategy and implementation across equity initiatives. Under Director Marion’s leadership, DOCR is leading equity initiatives specific to Workforce Equity, Economic Justice, Gender Justice and Public Engagement. Director Marion also serves as senior liaison to the White House Initiative on HBCUs and the White House Gender Policy Council.


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