Diversity Leadership: Sandra Evers-Manly, Northrop Grumman
Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility
“We are committed to building, sustaining and leveraging the diversity each of us bring to Northrop Grumman,” Sandra Evers-Manly says in a message on the company’s website. “We are also committed to ensuring we have an inclusive workplace where everyone is valued for his or her ideas, experiences and contributions.”
Evers-Manly joined Northrop Grumman as a summer intern in college and has been with the company for more than two decades. Prior to her current role she was she was Vice President of Ethics and Diversity. She is also President of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, which she helped found.
Evers-Manly grew up in Mississippi and is a cousin of civil-rights activist Medgar Evers. She is a passionate advocate for equal opportunity and is a past president of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood chapter of the NAACP. She is a member of the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct’s Working Group, which functions as its board, and is a fellow at the Ethics Resource Center.
She founded the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center in 1996 and is the executive producer of several films including 1991’s Last Breeze of Summer, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. Evers-Manly has been honored for her leadership by numerous organizations including the Black AIDS Institute, the Anti-Defamation League, the National Industry Liaison Group and the March of Dimes.
She received a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and completed an executive management program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.