A civil rights attorney from Oregon will lead the city of Charlottesville's Office of Human Rights. Zan Tewksbury begins work with the city Tuesday.
Tewksbury will manage the new office which will investigate complaints of human rights violations.
Tewksbury grew up around Charlottesville and spent the 16 years as a civil rights lawyer and mediator in Portland.
Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones says Tewksbury has extensive experience in employment and discrimination issues.
City of Charlottesville Press Release
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones has named Zan Tewksbury Manager of the Charlottesville Office of Human Rights.
Ms. Tewksbury, who grew up in the Charlottesville area, worked sixteen years as a civil rights attorney in private practice in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Tewksbury has expertise in a broad range of employment and other discrimination issues, having represented hundreds of clients with diverse backgrounds and civil rights claims. In addition to practicing law, she is a certified mediator.
Ms. Tewksbury received her J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
"Zan's extensive knowledge of civil rights law as well as her experience as a meditator is the perfect mix for this position," said Jones. "We look forward to working closely with her to launch the Office of Human Rights."
Tewksbury says she is excited for the opportunity to help the newly created Office of Human Rights become an effective resource not only for those who may have complaints, but for the entire Charlottesville community. "It is an honor to be able to serve a city with such an invested and diverse citizenry."
Ms. Tewksbury will begin working for the City of Charlottesville on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.