Office of Equity
Director

Contact

  • Physical Address
  • 203 S. St. Mary’s Street, Suite 140
    San Antonio, Texas 78205
  • Mailing Address
  • P.O. Box 839966
    San Antonio, Texas 78283-3966
  • Phone
  • 210.207.8911

Staff

  • Kiran BainsContact Kiran Bains
    Chief Equity Officer
  • Courtney WaiContact Courtney Wai
    Special Projects Manager
  • Mia BalderasContact Mia Balderas
    Community Engagement Coordinator

 

biography

Career

Kiran Kaur Bains is the first Chief Equity Officer for the City of San Antonio, where she leads a citywide strategy to advance equity in all functions of local government. In addition to facilitating workshops on implicit bias, institutional change, and the “leading with race” framework, Bains oversees racial equity action plans for City departments. Under her leadership, the Diversity and Inclusion Office was awarded the National League of Cities Cultural Diversity Award in its first year.

Prior to joining local government, Bains worked in international community development and peace-building in South Asia and East Africa. These experiences range from reviving micro-financing groups after two decades of war in northern Uganda to securing safe working conditions for migrant workers largely responsible for the city’s waste management in Lucknow, India. Bains also worked at the Social Science Research Council, where she coordinated the day-to-day operations of a multi-million dollar program promoting policy-relevant research across Africa.

A proud first generation college graduate, Bains is passionate about equity in education. She taught leadership development to young women of color in New York public high schools and spearheaded a yearlong diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative for AmeriCorps members serving over 4,000 first-generation college students across Texas. In the fall, Bains teaches a course on equity at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Bains is a Certified Diversity Professional of the National Diversity Council, and has completed social action and racial equity training with Training for Change and Race Forward.

Education

  • Master of Arts in Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, St. Mary’s University
  • Graduate Studies in Anthropology, New School for Social Research

Professional Memberships & Community Involvement

  • International City/County Management Association
  • Texas Diversity Council
  • Dialogue Institute of the Southwest

Personal

Bains is a native of San Antonio, where she grew up in the South Asian Sikh community. Her partner, Raymund Hernando, is a graduate student in physical therapy. Bains enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her family.

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