NYC Sanitation appoints chief supplier diversity officer

The New York City Department of Sanitation has appointed Kevin V.G. Wells, Esq. as chief supplier diversity officer. Wells will be responsible for directing policy and programs to increase opportunities for Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) in agency contracts.
Wells will be working to standardize and streamline the process of identifying and utilizing M/WBEs on agency contract opportunities; market the agency’s M/WBE program in the private sector to identify diverse vendors in the waste disposal and organics recycling areas; and increase the utilization of certified M/WBEs for the agency by creating initiatives that are innovative and sustainable. The chief supplier diversity officer will also work to continue to ensure that departmental programs and processes are in accordance with the city’s policies and procedures and all applicable regulations.

Prior to joining the Department of Sanitation, Wells practiced as an environmental attorney and later focused on corporate social responsibility programs to include indigent businesses in global supply chains, then was director of responsible economic inclusion at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development where he worked to ensure the agency’s M/WBE compliance, and developed and implemented M/WBE outreach initiatives among other duties.