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Answering the Call for Diversity & Inclusion

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Zarina J. Durrani

Zarina J. Durrani is the Director of Diversity Initiatives at the Brookings Institution where she has worked since graduating from college.

Before taking up this position, she was in the Human Resources Office, holding positions ranging from Personnel Assistant to Director of Human Resources. As Director of HR, Ms. Durrani oversaw recruitment, benefits, wage and salary programs, employee relations, compliance, and special projects. Twice during her tenure in HR, she served as the interim Special Assistant to the President. In her current role, she is working to create the structures, processes, business practices and training which promote best practices in the field of diversity and inclusion.

Ms. Durrani attended Rutgers University where she received a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) in history. Her time at Rutgers included a year at the University of Florence in Italy. She also holds an M.A. in Political Economy from the University of Maryland.

Her volunteer activities include two terms as a commissioner on the Montgomery County (Maryland) Commission on Human Rights and also serving as a member of the Montgomery County Community Action Board. In addition, she is a board member with the DC/MD/VA chapter of the ALS Association which serves the needs of those living with Lou Gehrig’s disease.