Chief Equity Officer, City of Austin
Brion Oaks became the City of Austin’s first Chief Equity Officer in the fall of 2016. Brion is responsible for working with City leadership and local communities to create an equity framework and facilitate dialogue and organizational practices that support the development and adoption of equity as a shared value. Brion serves as the technical expert in addressing equity as it is applied to city wide policies, programs, practices, and budget decisions with an overall vision to make Austin the most livable city for ALL. Previously, Brion served as the Vice President of Health Equity for fourteen years at the American Heart Association’s Southwest Affiliate. In this capacity, he oversaw the affiliate’s department that was dedicated to improving cardiovascular health for vulnerable populations and reducing disparities in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Throughout his career, Brion has focused on improving health outcomes for minority communities and addressing disparities to health care services. Brion is on the Central Texas Diversity Council and the American Heart Association’s Diversity and Inclusion CEO Cabinet.