[UUA Press Release]
Boston, Mass. (April 26, 2023)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Ebony C. Peace as Director of Human Resources (HR). In the executive position of Director of HR, Peace helps to lead the UUA’s overall commitment to being a workplace where people of all backgrounds and identities can thrive. She oversees the Human Resources office, policies, benefits, staff, and resources. Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President, the Director works closely with Beacon Press leaders, UUA supervisors, and Financial Services. She co-chairs the Staff Group Directors’ Council and acts as an ex-officio member of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Team.
“We are thrilled to have Ebony C. Peace on our leadership team at the UUA,” said UUA President Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray. “She brings an exceptional skill set and tremendous qualifications from years of HR experience, alongside a deep commitment to the UU values of justice, equity, and belonging that we cultivate in our workplace.”
Ebony C. Peace (she/her) is a certified senior professional in human resources (SPHR) with over 18 years of experience in strategic human resources, organization development, inclusion and belonging, and career consulting. She currently serves as an adjunct instructor in sociology at Montgomery College in Maryland, and was previously a Chief Learning Officer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), National Career Development Association (NCDA), and the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS).
Ebony holds a B.A. in Sociology from Sweet Briar College, a M.S. in Strategic Human Resources and Organization Development from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She completed her seminary internship at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, D.C. She also has specialized education as an Inclusive Workplace Culture Specialist.
Ebony is a life-long Unitarian Universalist. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries (UUSCM), Black Lives of Unitarian Universalist (BLUU), and Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church (PBUUC) where she is currently the Denominational Affairs Chair. She is a Lay Community Minister whose ministries focus on employment consulting, reproductive justice, and leadership development. She is an adult Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education facilitator. As a part of her ministries, she serves as a co-facilitator for the District of Columbia Center for the LGBT Community’s job club and facilitates monthly adult spiritual enrichment classes in sexuality and leadership development through Sunstone Chapel. Her poems have been published in the 2021 inSpirit anthology and in BLUU Notes: An Anthology of Love, Justice, and Liberation by Skinner House Books. She lives in Silver Spring, MD with her spouse, two children, and two cats.
“I’m deeply honored to serve my denomination in this capacity,” said Ebony. “We’re experiencing uncertainty and deep change, with the pandemic, efforts to prioritize equity, and other congregational challenges. This makes supporting our congregations and advancing our values critical to increasing our capacity for resilience and radical belonging. Our UUA staff are central to making that support happen. I’m looking forward to helping the UUA model the way in values-based human resources so our congregations can thrive.”
Peace, who started her position on February 27, 2023, succeeds Rob Molla, who departed in September after 15 years of distinguished service to the UUA.