Yolanda FrANCisco-Nez

Director of Office of Diversity & Human Rights

Yolanda Francisco-Nez has worked in various roles in the Salt Lake City Mayor’s office since 2000. In 2008, she was appointed as Coordinator of the Office of Diversity and Human Rights (ODHR) by Mayor Ralph Becker. In an expanded role with Mayor Biskupski’s administration, she will continue to oversee ODHR, and will also serve as a policy advisor on issues of diversity and minority affairs to ensure greater equity and inclusion in city government, education, and economic development.

Yolanda was born on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and moved to Salt Lake City as a child.



801-535-7734 | www.slcgov.com/odhr


Fatima dirie

Refugee Community Liaison

Fatima Dirie was born in Barawa, Somalia. In 1994, her family was forced to move to Mombasa, Kenya due to civil war in Somalia. At the age of nine she came to the United States as a refugee, where she began to pursue her dreams of higher education. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in global social work in 2014. 

Fatima has over a decade of experience with refugees and immigrants, in advocacy, case management, community development and Youth leadership development while working at USU-Extension, Asian Association of Utah, and University Neighborhood Partners. During her spare time Fatima enjoys traveling and taking on various adventures.