Leadership, Excellence, and Diversity (LEAD) Council -
Office of Diversity and Inclusion (CG-12B)
|CAPT Andres Delgado, LEAD
Freeman, LEAD Co-Coordinator
LT Susan Arbeiter, LEAD Co-Coordinator
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
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.
For additional information on the LEAD Council, refer to Commandant's Leadership, Excellence and Diversity Council and Leadership and Diversity Advisory Councils
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).
To submit an issue, please visit the LEAD
LEAD Council FAQs
LEAD Council Selection Process
Who are the LEAD Council Members?