Kenneth M. Bailey joined NOAA as the Director of the Office of Inclusion and Civil Rights in November 2016.
He is a retired enlisted Army combat veteran with more than 23 years of military service. His Federal civil service career began in 2006 with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission after which he transitioned to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. He is a leading practitioner in the arenas of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Organizational Development, Strategic Recruitment, Affirmative Employment, Disability, Anti-Harassment, Special Emphasis, Mentoring, and Outreach programs.
Mr. Bailey is an executive coach who provides expert strategic advice and guidance to organization’s senior executives. He is a transformational leader and results oriented change agent who has helped to increase individual and organizational capacity. His reputation as an expert on a broad range of topics has led to his selection as a guest lecturer or keynote speaker at a vast array of Federal Agencies, conferences, Non-Governmental Organizations, and also on broadcast radio.
He has received many awards including military Combat Campaign Medals, numerous Federal Performance Awards, Diversity and Inclusion Awards, and Community Service Awards. He was also once selected as Outstanding Young Man of America!
Mr. Bailey holds a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources from Strayer University and a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies from the University of Maryland University College. He is a graduate of many courses and training certifications relevant to the fields of EEO, D&I, Leadership and Organizational Development. He highlights his completion of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute’s Equal Opportunity Advisors Course and his attendance at the Harvard School of Government - Kennedy School. Mr. Bailey also serves as a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council