Marchelle Moore has been named senior vice president, external affairs, chief diversity officer and president of the Encova Foundation of Ohio, effective today, Dec. 5. Moore previously served as the senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Encova Insurance.
Encova has committed itself to highlighting and emphasizing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), seeking to ingrain DEI into their culture. Over the past few years, this commitment has manifested in the creation of a DEI council, the incorporation of focus on DEI into their mission document and annual, required DEI training for all associates, among other initiatives and programs.
“Progress has been made,” Encova President and CEO TJ Obrokta Jr. said. “However, it has become evident that we need a full-time focus from an experienced and dedicated senior leader to elevate our efforts.”
As chief diversity officer, Moore will continue serving on the DEI Council and work closely with Human Resources and other areas to ensure Encova’s commitment to a more diverse and inclusive culture remains at the forefront of all they do. Moore has also been named the senior vice president of external affairs and president of the Encova Foundation of Ohio, allowing her to continue serving as a trustee of the Encova Foundation of Ohio and to advance the organization’s philanthropic activities.
“A more diverse, open and inclusive environment creates a richer, more collaborative experience for all associates,” Obrokta said. “I’m certain Marchelle is the right person to lead us in these efforts.”
Prior to joining Encova in 2015, Moore served as Central Ohio Transit Authority’s (COTA) vice president of legal and government affairs and general counsel. She is on the Governing Committee of The Columbus Foundation and a member of the Independent Review Panel of JobsOhio. Moore was admitted to the State of Ohio Bar after obtaining her juris doctor degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Ohio State University.