Airbnb announced in a press release that they have hired Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt as Head of Global Diversity and Belonging. In her role, Thomas-Hunt will serve on Airbnb’s Executive Team and lead the strategy and execution of global internal diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging programs for Airbnb’s 5,000 employees around the world.
Brian Chesky, CEO & co-Founder, said: "We aspire to be a global leader in diversity and belonging – not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s core to our mission. To have the impact we want on the world, we have to start inside our own walls and make sure every employee at Airbnb feels like they belong. Melissa is a visionary in this space who has spent her career exploring the causes of inequality, finding solutions to promote inclusion, and producing real change. I am incredibly grateful that she has agreed to bring her leadership and expertise to Airbnb."
Thomas-Hunt joins Airbnb from Vanderbilt University, where she served as Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence. Prior to her work at Vanderbilt, Thomas-Hunt served as Global Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where she was focused on ensuring that the student community was seen, heard, valued and supported. Thomas-Hunt held Full, Associate and Assistant Professorial roles for over 20 years at schools such as Vanderbilt, the University of Virginia, Cornell University, and Washington University in St Louis.
Thomas-Hunt will relocate to San Francisco and begin her role on May 13, 2019, reporting to Beth Axelrod, Vice President of Global Employee Experience.