The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) is pleased to announce that Kolu Paye has been appointed as Director, Contract Compliance. Paye has been with the department for 5 years and recently served as the Compliance and Oversight Manager.
Kolu Paye started her career in the public and non-profit sectors as a community coordinator with Minneapolis Restorative Justice Community Action, Inc. She also served as a project manager with the City of St. Paul Planning and Economic Development Department through the Local Initiative Support Corporation’s (LISC) Careership Program.
Paye joined the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights in 2011. During her time with the department she has streamlined the compliance process for City staff and contractors. She has implemented policies and programs that have had a tremendous impact on diverse businesses and workers in the city. Early on, Paye implemented standard operating procedures which simplified complex laws and technical procedures, and provided stakeholders with direction in an effort to promote compliance. Additionally, she was extremely instrumental in establishing goals and affirmative action policies for City professional services contracts designed to further include disadvantaged businesses in government contracting opportunities. Most recently, Paye has led efforts to implement non-compliance remedies, thus ensuring businesses contracting with the City are held accountable to their responsibility to include women, minority, and low income workers and businesses where applicable.
Minneapolis Civil Rights Director, Velma Korbel, summed up her thoughts about hiring Paye this way, “Kolu is a proven leader and will be great in her new role leading the Contract Compliance Division. As a Compliance and Oversight Manager, she spent significant time researching the underlying law and policies that guide the work of the Contract Compliance Division to improve processes and increase women and minority inclusion on City contracting projects. Her well researched recommendations for improvement were incorporated as practices that now have streamlined the work of the division – saving staff time and increasing efficiency. She has done a tremendous job in fostering productivity improvements and manages regional collaborations that eliminate redundancies. Her innovative leadership style and acute knowledge of contract compliance regulations makes her an ideal choice for this position.”
Paye received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and her law degree from Arizona Summit Law School. She is originally from Liberia and is a licensed attorney providing pro bono services to the Liberian community. Paye is also dedicated to increasing the number of minority attorneys. As a volunteer with the U.S. Federal Courts Open Doors Program, she encourages and inspires youth to pursue legal careers.
Kolu Paye lives in St. Louis Park with her husband Ray and daughters Piper (2.5) and Nova (1.5). She begins her appointment on June 6, 2016.