Chad Dion Lassiter named Diversity in Business honoree by Philadelphia Business Journal

For Immediate Release

Chad Dion Lassiter named Diversity in Business honoree by Philadelphia Business Journal

[Philadelphia, PA], – Philadelphia Business Journal announced that Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW, executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) has been named a Diversity in Business honoree. The Diversity in Business awards program recognizes diverse business leaders who have demonstrated success in their respective fields and through philanthropic endeavors.

Nominees were submitted by the public and reviewed by the Business Journal's editorial board. They must identify as a majority minority, including Asian, African American, Hispanic, or Latino, Middle Eastern, or native Alaskan, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

“Chad Dion Lassiter is well-deserving of this honor," said PHRC Chair M. Joel Bolstein, Esq. "His vision and leadership have enabled the PHRC to become one of the nation's leading civil rights agencies. He is exactly who Pennsylvania needs to create a more equitable commonwealth."

“Congratulations to Executive Director Lassiter, for this wonderful honor," said Ashley Walkowiak, PHRC Director of Policy, Intergovernmental Affairs, & Mediation. “As the Executive Director of the PHRC, he serves the people of the commonwealth by ensuring that everyone, no matter their background, can live, work, and learn free from unlawful discrimination. He recognizes that a strong and thriving business sector starts with diversity and equity." 

“I cannot think of a person more deserving of this honor," added Adrian Garcia, PHRC Director of Enforcement. “Executive Director Lassiter lives and breathes the mission and vision of the PHRC, he pushes his staff to fight against injustice and discrimination and promote equal opportunity for all."

Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW will be recognized at an in-person awards program on Feb. 15 and profiled in a special edition of the Business Journal on Feb. 16. 

About Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW

Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW is an expert of American Race Relations and has worked on race, peace, and poverty-related issues in the U.S. and around the world. In April 2023, he was appointed by President Biden to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunities for Black Americans.

Lassiter is the current executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. He received his master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Social Work.

About Philadelphia Business Journal

The Philadelphia Business Journal is the premier media solutions platform for companies strategically targeting business decision makers. The media products provide comprehensive coverage of business news from a local, regional, and national perspective publishing daily stories on its website, social networks, and weekly edition available in print and online. The Philadelphia Business Journal is part of American City Business Journals (ACBJ) that delivers a total business audience of over 10 million people via our websites and publications and nearly 1,000 annual industry leading events. ACBJ owns 44 business publications across the country that offers exclusive, in-depth business coverage.

In addition, ACBJ owns and operates AmericanInno, BizWomen, BizEquity and Hemmings. ACBJ is a unit of Advance Publications, Inc. ​


PHRC Media Contact Details

Amanda Brothman

Communications Director 771-856-5971
Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Media