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Office of Diversity and Inclusion (CG-12B)

Leadership, Excellence, and Diversity (LEAD) Council

The Commandant’s Leadership, Excellence and Diversity (LEAD) Council is a council where every area of the Coast Guard is represented: Officers, Senior Enlisted, Junior Enlisted, Civilians, LANTAREA, PACAREA, DCMS, DCO, Reserves and Auxiliary. The Council is the Coast Guard’s enterprise approach to impacting leadership and diversity; charged to make recommendations to enhance leadership development practices, support diverse and inclusive workforce, and as necessary, bring leadership and diversity issues to the highest levels of the Coast Guard. The Council works in conjunction with the Leadership and Diversity Councils (LDACs) to elicit best practices and issues from the field to be addressed. The LEAD Council meets on a semi-annual basis.

LDAC is the local group approach to impacting leadership and diversity. District Commanders and Commanding Officers of Sectors, Air Stations, cutters, and units with 50 or more personnel are required to establish LDACs. LDACs are responsible for assessing the workplace climate and culture in their respective areas, developing annual action plans for how they will impact diversity and leadership in their area, addressing leadership and diversity issues that can be resolved at the unit level, and forwarding issues that cannot be handled at the unit level to the next higher LDAC.

The LEAD/LDAC network spans from headquarters to the deck plate level, empowering members to:
  • Take an active role in promoting inclusion and diversity within the Coast Guard;
  • Suggest best practices or issues to address that impact organizational climate; and
  • Engage with their local community to establish relationships and model leadership.

The LEAD/LDAC network exists to learn through training and education, include and connect through meetings and events that highlight effective leaderships and valuing individual contributions, influence using DEOCS results to identify areas of focus, and optimize by identifying best practices and expanding them throughout the Coast Guard.

The LEAD is chaired by the Chief of the Office of Diversity (CG-12B). The Ethnic Policy Advisor, Gender Policy Advisor, Workforce Policy Advisor, Chief of the Office of Leadership, and a Military Civil Rights Facilitator/Coordinator are also permanent adjunct members. The other Council members are selected to represent a cross-section of occupational levels and include civilians, active duty and reserve officers, enlisted personnel, and auxiliarists. Members typically serve three year terms and meet on a semi-annual basis.

Council members are responsible for keeping their "finger on the pulse" of the climate of the Coast Guard environment in their geographic areas and bringing forward areas of best practice or issues of concern. The Council reviews the best practices, issues and input from the LDACs to provide recommendations to the Commandant. Upon returning to their units in the field, members help convey the Commandant’s feedback, provide updates on policies and highlight opportunities to the workforce to contribute to the matters that impact their work environment.

For additional information on the LEAD Council, refer to Commandant's Leadership, Excellence and Diversity Council and Leadership and Diversity Advisory Councils - COMDTINST 5350.9.

The current LEAD Council members:
  • CMC Andreas O. Apenburg (Reserve Rep)
  • CAPT Travis L. Carter (DCMS Rep)
  • Ms. Tiffani Collier (Civilian Rep)
  • CAPT Michael W. Cribbs (DCO Rep)
  • AST1 David L Downham (Enlisted Rep)
  • CMC Jason D. Griffin (MCPOCG Rep)
  • CAPT David A. Husted (LEAD Council Chair, CG-12B)
  • COMO Kenneth E. Jacobs (Auxiliary Rep)
  • LT Latarsha S. McQueen (Officer Rep)
  • Mr. Mark R. Munson (LANTAREA Rep)
  • CDR Rodrigo G. Rojas (PACAREA Rep)

Adjunct Members:

  • CAPT Suzanne M. Brown (CG-133)
  • CDR Heather K. Turner (CG-12C)
  • CDR Patricia J. Tutalo (LEAD Co-Coordinator; CG-12B)
If you want to communicate a best practice or issue to the LEAD Council, please visit our CG Portal site (accessible through a Coast Guard workstation only).

What is a LEAD Best Practice?

A LEAD best practice is a practice has supports an inclusive work environment for all. In other words the best practice leads to people of all backgrounds and cultures feeling included, welcomed, and valued, respecting individual differences and capturing the advantages they provide. A LEAD best practice can originate anywhere within the Coast Guard and could be implemented throughout the organization.

What is a LEAD Issue?

A LEAD issue is leadership or diversity issue exists where the firm policy or business practice has an impact exclusive of difference (not inclusive of difference). In other words, a Coast Guard leadership or diversity issue is a problem that stems from outdated policies, or widespread misunderstandings of policy; and that leads to the exclusion of others based on differences.

A LEAD issue is NOT a civil rights issue, nor is it an equal opportunity issue. Single-case discrimination and command leadership issues should be submitted to your local Civil Rights staff.