The Office of Organizational Equity

​​​​​​​​Working for an Ann Arbor where everyone can thrive!

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​​​ 301 E. Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Laura Orta (Their, Him, HIR)
Director, Office of Organizational Equity​

Questions about diversity and equity in Ann Arbor?

The Of​fice of Organizational Equity

The OOE was established in 2021 by the Ann Arbor City Administrator.  The purpose of the office is to advance equity and diversity in the city structure and work throughout the community for a more equitable Ann Arbor.  The OOE reports to the City Administrator and is not a part of Human Resources.  This allows a more objective assessment and effort across the City structure and community.

Race and Ethnicity

The OOE works to develop a City structure and community that is inclusive of all races and ethnicities and where there are opportunities for all to thrive.


As a part of that work, the OOE participates in the Municipal Equity Index (MEI) through the Human Rights Campaign. The MEI examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ+ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and leadership on LGBTQ+ equality. Use the menu on the left to understand the efforts that contribute to Ann Arbor's score.

Disability and Accessibility

All Ann Arbor citizens should have access to City resources and amenities.  The OOE houses an Accessibility Coordinator that works with employees, citizens, departments, and projects to make Ann Arbor more accessible to those with disabilities. Please see the page Accessibility & Title IV ​for more information.

Transparency and Accountability

​​The OOE reports quarterly to the City Administrator and City Council on progress toward equity goals, activities, barriers, and established measures.