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Friday, August 18, 2017 9:01 am

Verbatim: Nikki Quintana to lead Human Relations Commission

The Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission issued the following news release today:

(FORT WAYNE, IN) The Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission has named Nikki Quintana as the new executive director of the agency. She replaces Dawn Cummings, who resigned to take a position out of state.

Quintana is a Fort Wayne native who graduated from the University of Saint Francis and Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She worked in private practice before taking a position with the Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission (Metro) in 2012. She has worked at Metro for over five years, first as an investigator, as a staff attorney starting in 2013, and now executive director.

“While at Metro Nikki has played an integral role in reducing case age, improving the investigative process, and promoting the agency through outreach and education for the citizens and businesses of Fort Wayne,” said Metro Chairman Jesus Trevino. “Metro is committed to empowering the citizens of Fort Wayne through education on diversity and discrimination issues and, when necessary, enforcing anti-discrimination laws in order to protect our community from unlawful discrimination and also unfounded allegations of discrimination.”

Quintana is a member of the Women's Economic Opportunity Advisory Council, Multicultural Council of Fort Wayne, Indiana Consortium of State and Local Human Rights Agencies, Northeast Indiana Human Resources Association, Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, Allen County Bar Association, and Summit City South Rotary Club. She is also a volunteer mentor for young women in the community through the Virtuous Vikings program.

“As a Fort Wayne native it feels great to lead an agency that is committed to creating an environment of inclusivity and acceptance within the city,” said Quintana. “I am excited to continue the momentum that we have at the Commission, as we have a top-notch staff doing great work.”

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