Access and Opportunity Profile: Myneca Y. Ojo

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Myneca Y. Ojo is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, where she leads the efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of employment and contracting opportunities.

Under her direction, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has strengthened efforts to be more inclusive of minority, women and veteran owned businesses through enacting the Business and Supplier Diversity Policy.  This commits the organization to engagement, participation and compliance of the Commission’s procurement activities. Additionally, she has worked to strengthen contracting and bid specification language to remediate barriers to diverse business inclusion in subcontracting. In 2014, the Commission had total payments of over $42 million dollars to minority and women business owners.

Ms. Ojo also supports the employment aspect in which she evaluated barriers to employment for diverse groups and rigorously coordinated community and academic leaders to promote the recruitment of professionals from diverse groups.  This resulted in a 70% increase in persons of color being hired in professional positions during a two year period. She also created the CEO Intern Fellows Program for Diverse Groups that provides internship programs for high achieving students from diverse groups to introduce them to careers in transportation.

Prior to the position at the Turnpike, Ms. Ojo was the Manager of Diversity and Special Initiatives with the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration for six years.  She also held the position of Project Director for the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Center’s Texas Minority Business Opportunity Committee and the Project Director of the Texas Conference of Black Mayors.

Since December 2012, Ms. Ojo has been the Chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program (PA UCP) of the Oversight Committee, overseeing the United States Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification for the state of Pennsylvania.

Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, Ms. Ojo was the Maryland State Diversity Director for Society of Human Resources Management and served on the Board of Directors for the Chesapeake Human Resources Association and on the Diversity Committee for the Society for Intercultural, Education, Training and Research (SIETAR).  Additionally, she currently is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and sits on their national committee for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) and Diversity.  She is also a member of several local and state diversity and contracting boards.

Ms. Ojo is a member of several organizations in the Texas, Pennsylvania and Maryland area.  She has degrees in Political Science and Government from Texas State University and several certifications in the areas of equal opportunity, human resources and diversity and inclusion.  Ms. Ojo resides in York County, Pennsylvania with her dog Gracie. She is an avid, golfer and Zumba enthusiast.

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