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Keyanna Silverman-Maddox

Diversity Initiatives and Research Manager

Keyanna supports the Diversity Office by providing guidance and technical support to the city's Employee Resource Groups. She also works with the Human Resources and the Department of Innovation Technology to issue the quarterly diversity reports. Keyanna has experience opening pathways for historically marginalized groups. She has proactively connecting individuals and organizations with resources, for collective growth. 

Prior to joining the City of Boston, she worked as Administrative Assistant at Aberdeen Standard Investments. There she engaged local and global leadership on ways to increase representation of people of color in line management positions and hosted inclusive community engagement activities.

Keyanna is a passionate and quality focused researcher. She created, designed, and implemented a multi-tiered college access and success program for first-generation students living in the Red Hook housing projects in Brooklyn, N.Y. She also created a workshop for inner city high school students, teaching water safety and mindfulness techniques which sought to give students a sense of belonging, while being immersed in student life at the University of Michigan. 

Keyanna holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from UMass Boston specializing in Leadership and Organizational Change. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in African-American studies and in Environment.

A Black, multi-racial, Jewish woman, Keyanna participated in the inaugural Jewish Women of Color Resilience Circle which addressed the intersectionality of women of color and provided transformational self-care experiences. Keyanna embraces asset-based thinking and a social justice approach to diversity and believes true liberation is rooted in our interconnectedness. 

A Detroit-area native and lover of all things J-Dilla, she lives with her husband and five cats in Roslindale. She is also the owner of a small jewelry design business.