Kimberly Baker-Flowers, on Feb. 12, joined UCLA Extension as its first associate dean for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief people officer, marking the institution’s commitment to maintaining a welcoming educational and work environment for all students, instructors and staff.   

Baker-Flowers previously served as the director of global diversity and inclusion at Motorola Solutions and brings more than 20 years of experience in high-level EDI and human resources oversight. In past roles at CSU East Bay and Portland Community College, she led Title VII, Title IX, AAP and other compliance initiatives for students, faculty and staff. Throughout her career, she has served as a strong advocate for employee and student well-being and believes that organizational change comes through time, experience and trust. 

“I am excited to join the UCLA Extension team in this new role,” said Baker-Flowers. “Students and equitable student success are at the center of everything we do. I look forward to being a collaborative partner and working together to address the needs of our community and help UCLA extension to create a more inclusive and equitable environment.” 

 Baker-Flowers’ appointment comes as part of UCLA Extension’s continued efforts to deepen its connections to the diversity of communities that help make Los Angeles thrive, said Dean Eric Bullard. Her role in developing EDI practices and strategies will be key to the institution’s broader goal of making higher education more accessible, open and inclusive for all. 

 “Associate Dean Baker-Flowers joins us at a pivotal moment that requires us to continue effecting positive change in our organization and in the communities we serve,” said Bullard.