People News: Adirondack Diversity Initiative appoints first director

November, 2019

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — The Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI), which aims to make the Adirondack region “a more welcoming and inclusive place for residents and visitors,” has hired its first director.

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) announced this week that Nicole Hylton-Patterson of the Bronx will take on the leadership position for the four-year-old initiative.

Established in 2015, the ADI is a volunteer-run collaboration of organizations and individuals who develop and promote strategies to help the Adirondack Park become more welcoming and inclusive to all New Yorkers, including visitors, seasonal residents and permanent residents.

In May 2019, New York State announced that $250,000 of its 2020 budget would go to the ADI as part of the $300 million Environmental Protection Fund. The new grant funding has allowed ANCA to hire a director and expand the initiative’s outreach and programming, according to an ANCA news release.

Hylton-Patterson, acting director of a Westchester County college’s social justice center, will begin serving as ADI’s diversity director on Dec. 2. She will be based at ANCA’s office in downtown Saranac Lake.

“We could not be more excited about this new hire. Nicky possesses the experience and passion for diversity and inclusion work that is critical to achieving the ADI’s goals. We all look forward to working with her as she brings fresh ideas and approaches to the Initiative’s work.,” ANCA Executive Director Kate Fish said in the release.

Read the full article in the Central New York Business Journal

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