Kenneth Saunders currently serves as Director of the Fairfax County Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs. Previously, Saunders served as EEO/Diversity Officer for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL). Prior to joining JHUAPL, Saunders was Director for the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR), where he oversaw the operation of the District’s agency for the enforcement of civil and human rights in the nation’s capitol. At the OHR, Saunders partnered with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to begin the first Fair Housing Academy. In this setting, human rights workers from across the country learned the latest case law and policies to help them accomplish their agencies’ missions. In addition, he worked to ensure that human rights information was shared through community outreach venues, such as the District of Columbia Hate Crimes Task Force.
Past positions include serving as Executive Director of the Greater Shreveport Human Relations Commission and as EEO officer and legal counsel at the Community Relations Commission in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to his work with the Community Relations Commission, Saunders was in private legal practice. Saunders is a graduate of Wilberforce University and received his Juris Doctor from the Ohio State University College of Law.