CEWD Strengthens Support for Industry Initiatives
by Naming Cornell Johnson as DE&I Director

“We are thrilled to welcome Cornell to the CEWD team.”

-Missy Henriksen
Executive Director – CEWD

WASHINGTON, November 3, Washington, DC –  The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) has appointed Cornell Johnson as its director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This newly created position will support CEWD’s programs to ensure the development of more diverse, equitable, and inclusive energy workplaces. Johnson will begin his tenure on November 6th.

“We are thrilled to welcome Cornell to the CEWD team,” said Missy Henriksen, the organization’s executive director. “Cornell is a proven leader and has a strong track record of delivering results. He first connected with CEWD as an engaged volunteer and was instrumental in the development of the DE&I Roadmap for Industry Change. He will hit the ground running and make an impact on our organization, particularly our DE&I initiatives, immediately.”

Most recently, he served as the Head of DE&I for Centuri Group, based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Having recently finished an Executive Leadership cohort with Harvard, Johnson will continue his DEI career which has focused on global strategy and initiatives.

In his new role, he will manage and expand the Urban Energy Jobs program, a joint initiative between the National Urban League and CEWD to expand diversity in the industry’s workforce, and he will work to build similar partnerships with other national organizations serving diverse populations. He will execute many of the deliverables associated with the DE&I Roadmap and provide education and support to energy companies as they work to ensure their workforce better reflects the communities and customers served. Johnson will also provide oversight and voice into CEWD’s career awareness activities to ensure inclusivity in messaging and distribution.

“I couldn’t be more elated to join the CEWD family,” said Cornell Johnson. “To be able to take my passions in the work of sustainable equity platforms and pair them with an organization that is doing so much to support the development of a skilled, diverse energy workforce is nothing short of a blessing. I am eager to work alongside CEWD’s members and industry partners to create a legacy that benefits everyone.”

Cornell is very passionate about philanthropy and grass root relationships. Powered by this passion, he currently serves on the board for KIPP DC, The L.E.A.D. Fund, and the development committee for The Appellate Project making an impact in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.

About The Center for Energy Workforce Development

The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas, nuclear, and renewable energy companies, and their associations, committed to the development of a skilled, diverse energy workforce. Learn more at http://www.cewd.organd