Howard Brown Health Appoints New Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

Paul Rauseo, MBA, Joining Howard Brown’s Executive Leadership Team

(Chicago, IL, June 22, 2020) – Howard Brown Health, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ organization and medical home to more than 35,000 patients and clients, is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Rauseo, MBA, as Vice President, Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion.  

Paul will lead the organization’s human resources department that supports recruitment, retention, and leadership development for Howard Brown’s 550-person workforce.  Working closely with the CEO and members of executive leadership, Paul will also oversee progress toward Howard Brown’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals to better reflect Howard Brown’s citywide patient populations and respond urgently to the public health crises of racism and other forms of oppression.

“Diverse, compassionate and dedicated professionals are Howard Brown’s most important asset and key to our success expanding access to affirming healthcare and wellness services to Chicago’s LGBTQ community and our allies,” said David Ernesto Munar, Howard Brown’s President and CEO.  “Paul’s HR experience, dedication to staff development, and knowledge of healthcare workforce needs impressed the hiring committee.  We are excited to work with Paul to rely on his leadership expanding learning and development opportunities for our employees.”

Paul has a long and impressive career in HR, including his previous appointment as Senior Human Resources Program Director at Cook County Health & Hospital System.  With more than 20 years of work experience in variety of industries, Paul brings a keen interest in metrics, change management, accreditations, and employee engagement.  He holds a master’s in business administration and worked as a management consultant for 10 years, developing budget systems around HR process improvement.  Early in his career, he led community outreach and talent acquisition strategies to fill up to 200 positions per quarter, experience that exposed him to the value of diversity outreach and recruitment.    

Howard Brown engaged Morten Group, a national consulting firm experienced in nonprofit diversity and inclusion strategies, to lead a national search process to fill the positon.

“Facilitating organizational change around a set of diversity and inclusion goals requires a sophisticated understanding of change management, humility, compassion and commitment.  Paul exhibited these qualities and demonstrated experience applying them to the HR context,” said Mary Morten, President of Morten Group, LLC.  “We are delighted to have helped Howard Brown fill the VP vacancy as part of our assignment working with Howard Brown’s Board of Directors to shape its diversity, equity and inclusion training and continuous improvement process.”

Paul is already having impact on Howard Brown’s approach to diversity, having recommended and secured support for the creation of a new position, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, to implement an agency-wide DEI roadmap.  The new position will report to Paul and the CEO for non-HR matters. Interested applicants can view the job description and apply on Howard Brown’s job board.

Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. Howard Brown is the largest LGBTQ organization in the Midwest, providing primary and specialty healthcare, social services, and infectious disease screenings to more than 35,000 people each year. In response to the pandemic, Howard Brown has limited services to 8 of its 11 clinic locations and launched telephone and video options for patients to access care via telehealth.  Learn more at howardbrown.org.

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Erik Roldan, Director of Marketing and Communications, Howard Brown Health, 312.206.2167 (cell), erikr@howardbrown.org

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