Appointed in 2015, Michero B. Washington serves as President and CEO of the Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations (ICDHR). Equipped with over 25 years of marketing and sales experience, Washington is well positioned to steer the commission’s efforts in building small business opportunities and strengthening human relations for minority residents across the great State of Illinois.
Prior to joining ICDHR, Washington worked for the Kaleidoscope Group and served as President and CEO of the Minority Economic Resources Corporation, where she managed fundraising initiatives, business and financial strategies, as well as government and media relations. She also served as Regional Coordinator for Northeastern Illinois University’s Chicago Teachers’ Center. Under her leadership, the Center managed programs for 11 inner-city public schools as part of the federally funded “Gear Up” program, which emphasized post-secondary education readiness for students, middle-school through high school. Through her “Breaking Barriers” conferences, Washington developed parent-advocate teams to address the needs of African-American and Hispanic students and parents in predominately underserved communities.
Washington is well versed in strategic marketing and corporate training, having oversaw software training for nearly 100 Best Buy stores in 7 markets across the U.S. As National Sales Manager, she was responsible for the ROI of a $2.5 million budget, which included the development of the first all Spanish software training course provided by a national retailer.
A champion for small business development and education, Washington was appointed to the Governor’s Commission for the State of Illinois for Women’s Business Development, and was named a “Leading Change Agent for Inner-City Schools” by Roosevelt University. She holds a BS in Applied Behavioral Science from George Williams College and an MS in Human Resource Development from DePaul University