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Cinnaire Names Deborah Toby Chief Human Resources Officer & Chief Diversity Officer

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Cinnaire has announced the appointment of Deborah Toby to chief human resources officer and chief diversity officer for the organization. Toby brings more than 25 years of experience to the role, serving most recently as executive vice president, human resources, where she played a key role in implementing best practices for the integration of Cinnaire’s principles of diversity, equity and inclusion across Cinnaire. Toby has also successfully led the development of Cinnaire’s talent acquisition process, ensuring that prospective talent is engaged in an equitable selection process that is competency-based and accessible to people across all dimensions of diversity.

A full-service Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Cinnaire provides creative capital solutions to disinvested communities that may not have access to services offered by traditional financial institutions. As its chief human resources officer and chief diversity officer, Toby is responsible for developing and executing Cinnaire’s human resources strategy in support of its overall mission and strategic direction. Toby brings to this role her expertise in workforce planning, total rewards, talent acquisition, training and development, succession planning, and organizational development. She will continue to lead Cinnaire’s strategic priority of providing an environment that empowers the authentic expression of diverse voices and building a workforce that reflects the communities served by the organization.

“Deb is respected across the industry for her commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Mark McDaniel, Cinnaire president & CEO. “Her strong communication skills, knowledge of best HR practices, and passion for our culture focused on creating healthy communities will serve her well in this key leadership position.”

Prior to joining Cinnaire in 2005, Toby worked for more than 10 years with a global career management and organizational consulting firm as an organizational development consultant, and as a member of its sales and marketing team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, and has completed graduate coursework at Michigan State University and Central Michigan University. Toby is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the leading voice of all things work, workers, and the workplace, and has served on the boards of Haven House in East Lansing, Michigan, and Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan.