Equity and Inclusion, Commission on

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Nina Harris


The Commission shall have a role in all State and university procurement by facilitiating communications between the Business Enterprise Council for Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities, the purchasing entities, the Chief Procurement Officers, and others. The Commission may create a scoring evaluating for State agency directors, public university presidents and chancellors, and public community college presidents. The Commission shall provide support for diversity in State hiring and oversee the implementation of diversity training of the State workforce. The Commission shall propose legislative changes to increase inclusion and diversity in State government and have oversight over the Illinois African-American Family Commission, the Illinois Latino Family Commission, the Asian American Family Commission, the Illinois Muslim American Advisory Council, the Illinois African-American Fair Contracting Commission, and the Business Enterprise Council.


4 shall be appointed for a term to expire on the third Monday of January 2023, and 3 (including the Chair) shall be appointed for a term to expire on the third Monday of January 2025. Thereafter, each member shall serve for a term of 4 years and until his or her successor is appointed.

Senate Confirmation


Party Affiliation

No more than 4 members of the same political party


Chairperson $141,059 per annum; Members $134,288 per annum


7 members appointed by the Governor


Governor designates Chair


30 ILCS 574/40-5

Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Harris, Nina 01/20/2025 11/01/2022 Democrat Governor Chair Sangamon
Montgomery, Bruce 01/18/2027 03/15/2022 Democrat Governor Member Cook
Salentine, Benjamin A. 01/18/2027 06/05/2023 Independent Governor Member Will
Smith-Barton, Ovelia 01/18/2027 11/13/2023 Democrat Governor Member Sangamon
Austin, Van Philip 01/20/2025 07/01/2024 Republican Governor Member Sangamon
Rivera, Ennedy 01/20/2025 01/28/2022 Independent Governor Member Cook
Costes, Cleric Richard 01/20/2025 10/05/2022 Democrat Governor Member Cook