Cincinnati Symphony Appoints First Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

The Ohio-based orchestra announced that Harold Brown will take on the role, effective March 17

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Brown will organize, provide guidance to, and implement the orchestra's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts into the community.

A Harvard University graduate, he has held positions at Interact for Health, a non-profit based in Cincinnati, in addition to other non-profits including the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and KnowledgeWorks. He also served as the Director of Multicultural Enrollment Services at Miami University.

He will play a key role in the senior management team and will report to Cincinnati Symphony's President and CEO, Jonathan Martin.

"A big part of this work is helping this orchestra to become a better, more accessible, and more relevant community partner, so that people of all ages and races will find some belonging in the symphony and its work — and so we can help create pipelines for musicians who may not have a clear path to this ultimate level of performance," Brown said.

"There are a lot of programs already underway that are doing great things. We’re going to build on those, and hold ourselves accountable to making a huge difference, both internally and externally."