Celina Milner Leon is a SHHRP associate and shares the same vision as SHHRP in infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into the global workforce. She is a trusted center of influence with an extensive diversified network. Her passion and enthusiasm is in serving diverse, multicultural, and historically marginalized communities.

Her first career was in the travel and hospitality industry where she worked in various roles bringing conventions, conferences, and destination travelers to Salt Lake City boosting the local economy. Celina was honored to serve in Mayor Ben McAdams inaugural administration with Salt Lake County as his Community Liaison and Special Projects Director. She then transitioned into the educational technology industry as the Director of School Engagement in Utah and Nevada for Project Lead The Way (PLTW), which is one of the nation’s leading providers of K-12 STEM programs helping students develop the skills necessary to succeed in the global economy.

Public Service came calling again when she was working as the Small Business Relationship Manager for Google Fiber in Salt Lake City. She served in Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s office in 2019 as the Senior Policy Advisor for Diversity and Human Rights and most recently served in Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s administration to further promote the Mayoral priorities of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Personally, professionally, and politically she works to bring businesses, communities, and government together through information, innovation, and inspiration. Her experience has shownher how to find common ground and collaborate on effective solutions. She has also served on the board of several local non-profit organizations and educational programs which promote the interests and wellbeing of women and children. In her spare time she devotes her personal efforts to organizations that focus on DEI.


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