Cordon Daley has joined CBH as its new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The newly created role was born out of data analysis from Statera Consulting, following feedback and research from recent JEDI (Justice, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion) Sessions.
The position is designed to put a consistent voice behind driving change in the diversity landscape, developing policies alongside other departments, and working toward equitable solutions and sustained change.
“As an organization, I am excited to continue growing and amplifying our DEI work,” said CBH CEO Dr. Faith Dyson-Washington. “The addition of Cordon as the Director of DEI will ensure that CBH continues to make sustained efforts at enacting change across our organization and provider network.”
A Board-Certified Diplomate and Licensed Clinal Social Worker, Daley grew up in Montclair, New Jersey in a “multicultural and multigenerational family.” His cultural identity is rooted in his West Indian and Korean ancestry, which he credits as a strength in building deeper connections as a diversity practitioner.
“I was always very interested in people, empowerment, and serving as an advocate even at an early age. I wanted to understand the relationships around me and the impact of those connections,” he said. “That’s been the anchor behind my work in the diversity field—often being dubbed the kid who asked too many questions proved itself to be a necessary skill much later in life.”
Before joining CBH, Daley received his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Rutgers University and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, worked for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families as an adoption caseworker, obtained his Master of Social Work degree from Boston College, and joined the Navy as a Medical Service Corps Officer and active duty social worker.
During his time with the Navy, Daley completed a clinical fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Throughout his 10 years of military service, Daley held a variety of roles responsible for DEI leadership, including serving as Diversity Officer, Multicultural Program Officer in Sasebo, Japan.
“Being here at CBH is no coincidence,” Daley said. “It’s really been everything my career has been moving toward—helping people push and navigate through disempowering systems, creating programs with integrity, developing process improvement initiatives that will stand the test of time, and helping to promote inclusive environments.”
While Daley fully expects his role and initiatives to develop and evolve with more time, some of his early plans include the establishment of a DEI Council with JEDI champions to propel strategies forward, performing a comprehensive review of policies and procedures, and finally, looking at opportunities to develop professional mentorship opportunities for professional and personal development.
For now, he will continue to learn the CBH landscape and explore areas of strength and challenges to “enhance our daily experience and help shape a culture that everyone feels good about.”