Chief Diversity Officer, Marilee Holmes

Marilee Holmes

Chief Diversity Officer

As Chief Diversity Officer for Save the Children US, Marilee Holmes leads strategy and initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and the global mobility strategy. In this role, Marilee supports Save the Children’s vision to have DEI deeply embedded in organizational culture, including coordinating with Employee Affinity Groups and the DEI Council, advising career advancement and mentorship efforts, and harnessing the power of the international talent market to ensure individuals can thrive across the global Save the Children organization.

Marilee joined Save the Children in June 2021 as Lead Advisor for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging and was promoted to this newly created role in October 2022. The role represents the first time Save the Children US has dedicated a C-level position to DEI efforts and the vital part DEI plays in building a strong, successful organization.

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Marilee spent more than a decade practicing immigration law before she transitioned to the corporate world, committed to having a direct impact on the diverse range of talent embarking on opportunities in the U.S. and around the world. As Chief of Staff at Roc Nation, she worked closely with the CEO to ensure that DEI and social justice—among the core values of the company’s diverse founders—remained a top priority across hiring, advancement, vendor relationships and all other aspects of the entertainment company’s business.

Marilee holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. She lives in New York City with her daughter.


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