Jun 07, 2021
Eugene Whitlock, Asst. Vice Chancellor, UCBerkeley
How to Talk About Race

Eugene Whitlock, Asst. Vice Chancellor-Human Resources/Chief People & Culture Officer at UC Berkeley

Eugene Whitlock uses a unique blend of humor, neuroscience and data-driven analysis to help people in both the private and public sectors (primarily administrators, faculty, staff and students at all levels of education) create and sustain inclusive workplaces and classrooms.  Eugene is most proud of his work to infuse equity into the hiring process by rewriting job announcements and interview questions, as well as training each person who is part of the decision-making process on the benefits of diversity and reducing the impact of unconscious bias.   
In 2017, the Association of California Community College Administrators selected Eugene for its “Progress in Diversity” Award given for “Outstanding Achievement in Support of Diversity in the Higher Education Community.” 
Since August 2019 Eugene has been the Chief Human Resources Officer (Assistant Vice Chancellor) at UC Berkeley.  Previously, Eugene served as the Vice Chancellor, Human Resources and General Counsel for the San Mateo County Community College District.  Prior to joining the College District, Eugene was a Deputy County Counsel for the County of San Mateo for eight years where he primarily served as outside counsel for K-12 school districts.  Eugene has also worked as a corporate attorney for DavisPolk in New York, Tokyo and Menlo Park, as an investment banker for Deutsche Bank in San Francisco and as a project manager for Stiftung, Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. 
Eugene earned his J.D. cum laude from University of Michigan Law School and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. 

When Eugene is not working, you can find him spending time with his wife and three children who feature prominently in his colorful anecdotes.