Yolanda FrANCisco-Nez

Director of Office of Diversity & Human Rights

Yolanda Francisco-Nez was born on the great Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance, Arizona, and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended the University of Utah and the University of Phoenix, attaining a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Master's degree in Business Administration. She previously served as Coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Human Rights and Intern Coordinator. Yolanda is passionate about social justice, race and gender equity, horses, and dark chocolate. 



CONTACT: YOLANDA.FRANCISCO-NEZ@SLCGOV.COM 801-535-7734 | www.slcgov.com/odhr


Fatima dirie

Refugee Community Liaison

Fatima Dirie was born in Barawa, Somalia, and raised in Kenya and Utah. She attainted a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. Fatima is passionate about advocating for human rights and social justice issues, empowering women and youth to be leaders, and educating people on refugee populations. 

When asked what she loves most about Salt Lake City she replied, "I love how easy it is to navigate and the fact that Salt Lake City is very welcoming to new Americans!"