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Leadership, Excellence, and Diversity (LEAD) Council


LEAD Council Fall 2013 Report

COMDTINST 5350.9 Commandant's Leadership, Excellence and Diversity Council and Leadership and Diversity Advisory Councils

CAPT Andres Delgado, LEAD Chair

CDR Gina Freeman, LEAD Co-Coordinator
LT Susan Arbeiter, LEAD Co-Coordinator

To submit an issue, please visit the LEAD Submission page.


What is an Issue?

A diversity issue exists where the firm policy or business practice has an impact exclusive of difference (not inclusive of difference).  In other words, a Coast Guard Diversity Issue is a problem that stems from outdated policies, or widespread misunderstandings of policy; and that leads to the exclusion of others based on differences.

A diversity issue IS NOT a civil rights issue, nor is it an equal opportunity issue.  Single-case discrimination and command leadership issues should be submitted to your local Civil Rights staff or your unit's Leadership and Diversity Advisory Councils (LDACs).

What is the LEAD?

The Minority Advisory Council (MAC) was established in 1990 to increase understanding and awareness of minority issues (officer and enlisted) at all levels of the Coast Guard. Similarly, the Women’s Advisory Council (WAC) was established in 1991 to address women’s concerns on issues such as the recruiting, retention, and advancement of active duty and reserve women.

In 1997 the Commandant established the Leadership Advisory Council (LAC) with the responsibility to develop initiatives and recommend improvements which focus on the welfare, morale and operational readiness of the workforce.  In September of 1998, the MAC and WAC were consolidated to form a single Diversity Advisory Council (DAC).  Most recently in December of 2011 the LAC and DAC combined to form the Commandant's Leadership, Excellence, and Diversity (LEAD) Council.  This consolidation allows one organizational entity to review, coordinate, and provide advice and recommendations across leadership and diversity initiatives. As the focal point for these initiatives, the LEAD serves as a catalyst to ensure a broader and more comprehensive perspective that better reflects Team Coast Guard.

The LEAD is chaired by the Chief of the Office of Diversity (CG-12B).  The Ethnic Policy Advisor, Gender Policy Advisor, Workforce Policy Advisor, Chief of the Office of Leadership, and a Military Civil Rights Facilitator/Coordinator are also permanent members. The other Council members are selected to represent a cross-section of occupational levels and include civilians, active duty and reserve officers, enlisted personnel, and auxiliarists. Members typically serve three year terms and meet on a semi-annual basis.

Council members are responsible for keeping their "finger on the pulse" of the climate of the Coast Guard environment in their geographic areas and bringing forward issues of concern. The Council reviews these issues and provides recommendations to the Commandant. Upon returning to their units, members help convey the Commandant’s feedback to the field.

Who Is the LEAD?

CAPT Andres Delgado  
CDR Heather Kostecki LCDR Kenneth Cutler
Ms. Gail Jackson CMC Jason Griffin
CDR Gina Freeman COMO Carol Urgola
CMC Kurt Shoemaker CDR Albert Antaran
CDR Nakeisha Hills Mr. Jose Suarez
GMCS Laurie Kennedy  MSTCM Matthew Valenti
CDR Maria Galman SKCS Asdrubal Cruz
CDR Arex Avanni MK1 Steven Jayne
LCDR Scot Druckrey BMCS Alyson Pulkkinen
AMT1 Darrell Linders Ms. Teddie Thorogood
LT Elisha Mueller CMC Brett VerHulst
MST1 Jamie Testa IS1 Amanda Morton
CDR Eva VanCamp LCDR Peggy Britton
BMCM William Hollandsworth CDR Lynda LeCrone
CDR Vernon Craig Ms. Donna Walker-Ross

LEAD Members Temporarily in Absentia


LEAD Reports

Fall Reports Spring Reports
2011 2012
2012 2013

Unfiltered Items

Fall Items Spring Items
2005 2006
2006 2007
2007 2008
2008 2009
Not Available 2012
2012 2013

DCMS/DCO/LANTAREA/PACAREA - Top 2 Issues & 2 Best Practices

Fall Issues & Practices Spring Issues & Practices

LAC Reports

Fall Reports Spring Reports
Not Available 2003
2004 2004
2005 2005
2006 2006
2007 2007
2008 2008
2009 2009

DAC Reports

Fall Reports Spring Reports
1998 1999
1999 2000
2000 2001
2001 Not Available
2002 2003
2004 2004
2004 2005
2005 2006
2006 2007
2007 (Power Point) 2008 (Actionable Items)
2008 2009 (Enclosure 3)
2010 Not Available

Resources & References

LEAD Selection Page

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