JEA Names its First Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Jacksonville, FL - In an ongoing effort to promote a diverse culture, JEA announced the hiring of its first director of diversity, equity and inclusion. Paul McFadden assumed this new role on Jan. 3, 2022.

JEA created this role as a fundamental building block in growing diversity within the company and cultivating stronger connections with diverse groups in our community. In his new role, McFadden will provide strategic direction in executing JEA’s vision of sustaining an inclusive, respectful, and diverse culture. 

McFadden has a breadth of experience at JEA in human resources, and most recently, he served as a Human Resources business partner for the utility. In that role, he served as a consultant to management on human resources-related issues and worked with JEA’s human resources department to find workable solutions.  

“JEA continues to build a culture that is firmly rooted in courtesy and respect,” said JEA’s Managing Director and CEO Jay Stowe. “We are committed to creating an atmosphere that is diverse, respectful and inclusive. This is a big step in our journey, and we’re happy to have Paul at the helm.” 
McFadden will earn a salary of $132,516.80.  

About JEA

JEA is a not-for-profit, community-owned utility located in Jacksonville, Florida, proudly serving an estimated 478,000 electric, 357,000 water, 279,000 sewer and 15,000 reclaimed water customers. JEA is not owned by investors. It was created by the City of Jacksonville to serve those who live in Jacksonville and in the surrounding communities. The sole purpose of JEA’s business is to ensure the electric, water and sewer demands of its customers are met, both today and for generations to come with the goal to provide reliable services at the best value to our customers while ensuring our areas’ precious natural resources are protected.

Media Contact

Karen McAllister, JEA
Media Relations Coordinator
(904) 665-5500


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