Remembering Herman McKinney
advocated tirelessly for diversity, inclusion in the Puget Sound region
The Chamber was saddened by the news this weekend of our former colleague Herman McKinney passing away.
tireless advocacy for diversity and moving the city toward a more inclusive, multicultural community will be greatly missed in our region's business sector.
As the founding director of the Urban Enterprise Center, Mr. McKinney was instrumental in drawing the attention of the Chamber and broader business community to unmet needs in Seattle's urban areas.
leadership, the UEC
coordinated public, private and non-profit resources to make sure that economic development efforts expand the circle of prosperity, a challenge that continues today.
Mr. McKinney's legacy includes his good works such as founding The Breakfast Group and the groundbreaking emphasis he placed on diversifying graduate education during his tenure as assistant dean of the UW Graduate School, as well as the Herman L. McKinney Economic Empowerment Forums, which are part of the Chamber's multicultural business outreach.
The Seattle Times
published an article on Mr. McKinney
on Sunday, here.