Cherokee M. Carroll

Agency Employee Resource Group (ERG) Program Manager Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (ODEO)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Cherokee Carroll serves as NASA’s first Agency ERG Program Manager where she is responsible for building and launching an enterprisewide, holistic approach to unify, align, and uplift over 90 ERGs nationwide to foster a safe, inclusive, and engaging workplace where individuals feel valued for their unique contributions to the agency mission. The initiatives of the Agency ERG Program have markedly improved communication,
collaboration, and use of resources between NASA Center ERGs; elevated the voice of the employees to executive leaders and maximized overall ERG value for NASA
employees and mission.

Prior to joining NASA, Cherokee was a Diversity Program Manager in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. In this capacity she advised leadership on governmentwide diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) initiatives; collaborated with senior leadership to facilitate activities that addressed DEIA issues as they applied to the intersection of the employee lifecycle and agency mission; interpreted policy, developed guidance, and provided expert advice and technical assistance to federal agencies; fostered partnerships and advised various stakeholder groups to achieve common goals; and applied research, policy and data analysis, and project management skills to develop, track, and monitor outcomes of multiple programs and projects simultaneously, including development and implementation of Executive Order 14035, Governmentwide DEIA Strategic Plan, Federal Employment Viewpoint Survey DEIA Index, and the disability employment program.

Prior to joining OPM, Cherokee served as a management and program analyst in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Air Traffic Organization where she developed and implemented systems to execute day-to-day program operations for business services and organizational effectiveness teams.

Cherokee’s commitment to public service extends beyond her professional duties and responsibilities. Aside from her official agency roles, she chaired the OPM Feds with Disabilities ERG and served as the Assistant to the Public Affairs Officer on the National Executive Board for the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees. Outside of the office she volunteers with the Lupus Foundation of America as a ten-year Foundation Ambassador and Fundraiser and “Baby Cuddler” at the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Cherokee has a passion for minority health programs and research, healthcare access and quality, and chronic illness management.

Cherokee Carroll holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland — Global Campus and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University. AGGIE PRIDE!

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