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Multicultural Leader

Naima Halim-Chestnut
Regional Civil Rights Officer
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Naima Halim-Chestnut is the Regional Civil Rights Officer for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 4 where she serves as the Principal Advisor on Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for all programs administered by the Regional Office in Atlanta. Naima has been with the EPA for more than 18 years. Prior to joining the Region 4 family she spent 12 years in the Region 7 (Kansas City Office) where she served in various leadership positions including EEO Officer; Branch Chief for the Lead, Asbestos and Indoor Air Quality Program; and Chief of the Community, Partnerships and Programs Office. She has served and been involved in numerous Leadership and Diversity initiatives at both the local and national level.

She is an accomplished speaker, trainer, coach and an agent for change who edifies servant leadership principles and living life’s purpose. For more than nine years she crisscrossed the country as a contract speaker for Monster.com where she spoke to high school students about career success and making it count in every aspect of life. She has given interactive and educational presentations to more than 25,000 students from intimate audiences of 50 to 1,000+.

In her career, she is incomparable. She has developed Civil Rights and Diversity programs that have a national impact on behalf of the EPA; she is a community spokesperson and an advocate for change. She is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including, receiving the Agency’s highest national award for Exemplary Leadership in EEO from 2005-2009 and 2011-2015 and receiving the National Honor Award for Exemplary Leadership in Human Resources Management in 2014. She was a nominee for the 100 Degrees and Rising Award for Emerging Leaders; and a graduate of the Urban League’s Multicultural Leadership Development Institute. She is a trained mediator and for years volunteered with the Kansas City Police Department to help them mediate citizen concerns and address community issues related to Police Brutality, citizen arrests, and perceptions by the public. In her personal life she is a committed community organizer and volunteer with ranging activities from feeding the homeless; to developing young women and girls, to developing programs committed to eliminating violence in underserved communities.

Naima received her Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude, in English and Spanish from Clark Atlanta University and holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, Kansas City Campus. Naima is a multilingual, marathon runner, world traveler and a dedicated wife and mother to four children, Jahan, Jasmin, Jaida and Journey.

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