Felicia A. Washington, JD
Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement

309 South Building
Campus Box 1045
Chapel Hill, NC 28599

Contact:
felicia.washington@unc.edu
(919) 962-1554

Special Assistant:
Sherene Jenkins
sherene_jenkins@unc.edu
(919) 962-1553

Felicia Washington is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s first Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement and Chief People Officer. She is responsible for a division that houses the University’s “people” offices: the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office, the Office of Human Resources, and the University Office for Diversity & Inclusion. The Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement Division provides services and resources on campus to students, staff, and faculty, including A to Z human resources; tailored training on how to be compliant with and enforcement of employment, EEO, and Title IX laws; effective bystander, prevention, and resources campaigns; strategies, advising, and mentoring on fostering an inclusive living, learning, and working environment; Carolina Conversations; and a host of other University events to celebrate, reward, and inform the campus community.

In her role, Felicia is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and the Provost’s Leadership Cabinet.  She is a former member of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees, where she chaired the Conflicts of Interest and Legal Affairs Committees and served on the Audit and Finance and University Affairs Committees. She is also a past member of the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Prior to her tenure at UNC-Chapel Hill, Felicia was a partner in the Charlotte office of K&L Gates LLP, a global law firm. She counseled businesses on strategic action towards organizational goals while maintaining regulatory compliance. She also advocated on their behalf when decisions were challenged, and defended clients in federal, state, and appellate courts, as well as agency and arbitration venues. During her practice, Felicia advised senior legal counsel, senior management, and human resources professionals on a broad array of employment and immigration matters, including legal compliance during hiring, reorganization, and firing processes; discrimination-based employee complaints and internal investigations; non-competition disputes; cross-border workforces; international assignment of employees; and the employment and management of foreign workers.

Felicia has been recognized by legal organizations and publications, including the North Carolina Bar Association, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Law and Politics, Charlotte Magazine, and Business North Carolina Magazine. She earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of Virginia School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a native of Kenansville, North Carolina, and is married with a daughter and a son.