NFP appoints new director of diversity and inclusion

Insurance broker and consultant NFP has welcomed Pamela Wheeler as its new Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

Wheeler will be responsible for enhancing NFP’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Membership (DEIB) strategy and will lead initiatives to advance the company’s goals within the organization and in communities around the world, according to a statement. You will report to NFP Human Resources Director, Ginnette Quesada-Kunkel, and will work closely with leaders across the organization. In addition, as part of his new role, Wheeler will also serve on the NFP executive committee.

Previously, Wheeler led the National Association of Women’s Basketball Players for 15 years, helping accelerate the association’s DEIB efforts. He has nearly three decades of experience improving DE&I outcomes for people within a variety of organizations. He recently consulted with NFL Operations about their DEIB efforts, as well as executive leadership development. Wheeler has served as Assistant Commissioner and Director of Business Development for the Continental Basketball Association, and as General Counsel and Marketing Manager for Bob Woolf Associations / Arnold Communications.

Wheeler has served as a professor in Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sports Management program since January 2018. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dartmouth and The Society’s Certified Diversity Professional designation for diversity. Wheeler also currently serves at the US Center for SafeSport and previously on the founding board of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. She is a member of the emeritus board of directors of the Women’s Sports Foundation.

“Pamela is a fantastic addition to our leadership team and I am excited to be working with her and learning from her,” said NFP President and CEO Doug Hammond. “NFP is a collaborative and innovative organization and our ability to be more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and ensure that all people feel that they belong, has a direct impact on our results. This requires leadership, deliberate action, measurement and refinement, and Pamela is the right person to lead our DEIB efforts. ”

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Pamela,” said Quesada-Kunkel. “She will serve as an organizational change agent and trusted advisor to senior leadership, partnering with executives, regional leaders, management and business partners to collectively align DEIB strategies and initiatives across the company.”

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