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Dakota Communications: Leading the Way in Diversity and Inclusion

Kerman Maddox, Dakota Communications, Marty Adams, General Manager, LADWP, Ingrid Merriweather, Merriweather Insurance, Gene Hale, GLAAACC, Dominique Diprima, KBLA Radio and Greg Reed, DEI Office, LADWP.

 By Gloria Zuurveen, Editor-in-Chief

Kerman Maddox, a partner at Dakota Communications and an appointee for President Biden  Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations,  has been a beacon of diversity and inclusion in the field of communications. With a wealth of experience and a commitment to bringing diverse perspectives to the forefront, Maddox has established Dakota Communications as a leader in creating unique and effective communications programs for the multi-faceted communities of California and beyond. Dakota Communications is defined by the dynamic partnership of Kerman Maddox and Rick Taylor. With over 60 years of combined experience in public affairs management, Maddox and Taylor have cultivated extensive networks and garnered deep insights into working with a wide range of stakeholders, from elected officials to media personalities. Their collaborative approach enables them to address complex issues and drive positive outcomes for their clients.

Kerman Maddox, Dakota Communications, Marty Adams, General Manager, LADWP and Dominique Diprima, KBLA Radio

Maddox’s influence extends far beyond the realm of communications. He is known for his dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion, particularly within the African American community. Drawing inspiration from pioneers like Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray, Maddox brings a touch of class and a wealth of experience to every project he undertakes. His commitment to excellence and his ability to navigate challenging situations make him a trusted leader in the field. One of Dakota Communications’ key initiatives is the DEI office at LADWP Black History Month Supplier Diversity Fair, which serves as a platform for small, minority, and female-owned businesses to showcase their products and services. This event, organized by Maddox and his team, included a diverse host of collaborative partners that included Dominique DiPrima, moderator and KBLA Radio personality, Ingrid Merriwether, President & CEO of Merriwether  & Williams Insurance Services, and Gene Hale, Chairman of the Greater LA African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAACC). This partnership of collaborators during a Roundtable Discussion facilitated connections and created opportunities for underrepresented entrepreneurs by emphasizing the importance of diversity in business and economic development. The recent Black History Month Diversity Fair hosted by LADWP, in partnership with Dakota Communications, brought together over 300 small businesses and a host of influential figures from the community. The event focused on building connections and fostering collaboration between various stakeholders, including public agencies and private contractors. Although this efforts was organized and led by Dakota Communications and LADWP they were proud to have the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO), Metropolitan Water District of S. CA (MWD), and the Board of Public Works Bureau of Engineering as partners at this event. By highlighting the importance of diversity in contracting and business opportunities, Maddox and his team are paving the way for a more inclusive and prosperous business environment in Los Angeles. Dakota Communications, under the leadership of Kerman Maddox, continues to lead the charge in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the communications industry. Through innovative programs and strategic partnerships, they are working to create a more inclusive and vibrant community where all voices are heard and valued. As they forge ahead in their mission to drive positive change, Dakota Communications stands as a shining example of excellence and dedication in the field of communications and advocacy.

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