SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – On June 1, 2010, Delorme McKee-Stovall takes the helm of the County of Santa Clara, Office of Human Relations. A well known facilitator in the community, McKee-Stovall has worked on human and civil rights advocacy for the County since 2001.
The County created the Office of Human Relations 38 years ago to address human and civil rights concerns, interpersonal and inter-group conflicts resolution, and hate violence. The office also promotes respect and appreciation for the rich diversity of residents in Santa Clara County. McKee-Stovall most recently served as the Coordinator of the Santa Clara County Network for a Hate-Free Community.
“Delorme is well-known and respected in the community,” said Luke Leung, Deputy County Executive. “Residents across the spectrum know they can count on her open mind and open heart.”
Locally, her advocacy work includes conducting research and education on bias, discrimination, and equity within the community and governmental systems; and responding to incidents of hate violence in Santa Clara County. She works with victims of bias and hate violence, local government agencies, law enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, Superior Court, community based organizations, religious/spiritual groups, and educational institutions to develop and recommend policies to address and reduce systemic bias and hate violence.
Organizations out of the area have called on McKee-Stovall to provide expert testimony about the etiology of hate, manifestation of hate violence and effective community-based responses. She also has worked with these groups on the integration of the human rights framework into organizational values and operations.
“The Office of Human Relations has historically played an important role in promoting harmony and understanding among residents of Santa Clara County,” said McKee-Stovall. “While the specific issues and targeted groups change from time-to-time, unfortunately, biased behavior still exists. We are here to support the larger vision of an inclusive community.”
McKee-Stovall served as the Interim Manager of the Office between May 2003 and March 2005, following the retirement and subsequent death of longtime peace advocate Jim McEntee, in whose honor “A Gathering Place for Peace” on the plaza at County Government Center was recently dedicated.
“Delorme has big shoes to fill,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith, referring to McEntee. “Based on her history, commitment to social justice and roots in the community, we are confident that she is up to the challenge.”
McKee-Stovall graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Administration and a certificate in Public Health Nursing. She has also earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Naropa University. She is a certified Executive Coach, Trainer, Group Facilitator and Conflict Resolution Mediator.
McKee-Stovall has worked in the nursing practice in acute care facilities, public health research and home health care administration. For eleven years prior to becoming a small business owner, she served as the chief executive officer for Mid-Coast Visiting Nurse Association. Her former business endeavors included providing physical therapy services to outpatients in Santa Cruz and strategic planning consulting services for women business owners.
She is the author of six articles on impact of bias and discrimination published in online professional journals. Her scholarship and work in the community have been widely recognized by numerous organizations. She recently received the following awards: 2009 NAACP Freedom Fights Award; 2008 Karma Yoga Award for lifetime achievement in Social Justice from the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment; a 2008 Santa Clara County Employee of the Month; 2007 American Muslim Voice People’s Choice Award in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Commendations from the City of San Jose and the County Board of Supervisors; and in 2004, she was awarded the internationally recognized “Gandhi, King, Ekeadi Award” for life long commitment to social justice 2004 from the Consortium of Colleges and Universities.
A 42-year resident of San Jose, California, McKee-Stovall is married and has two adult children.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: May 25, 2010