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Press Release 08-30-2022

Travis Nicholson Named as EEOC’s New Dallas District Director

Will Manage Federal Agency’s Work in Over 200 Counties

DALLAS – Travis Nicholson will be the new district director of the Dallas District of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

In the Dallas District, Nicholson will oversee and manage the EEOC’s work in more than 200 counties in north, central, and west Texas, including the district office, the San Antonio Field Office, and the El Paso Area office. The EEOC’s Dallas District has about 100 employees; received approximately 4,500 discrimination charges in fiscal year 2021; and obtained over $32 million in monetary benefits in FY 2021 for 1,550 individuals subjected to discrimination.

He will also supervise the EEOC’s work with several of the agency’s state and local Fair Employment Practices Agencies that work with the EEOC to combat employment discrimination in the state of Texas.

“Travis’s talents and experience make him well suited to lead the Dallas District,” said EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows. “His warmth, positive attitude, and ability to connect with the public and our employees will be invaluable to our work in the years to come.”

Nicholson said, “I want to thank my colleagues in Houston for their commitment and professional excellence. I am excited and looking forward to working with my colleagues, agency partners, and stakeholders in the Dallas District to promote the EEOC’s vision of respectful and inclusive workplaces with equal employment opportunity for all.”

Nicholson began his career with the EEOC in 2009 as a bilingual investigator in its Detroit Field Office, investigating charges, including systemic and class matters, and conducting outreach to underserved communities and in line with the agency’s Youth at Work initiative. He then served as the Charlotte District Office’s outreach and education coordinator and a program analyst in the Office of Field Programs before becoming Houston’s deputy director in 2017. As the deputy district director in Houston, Nicholson was responsible for day-to-day operations and led process improvements and efficiencies in charge management, systemic investigations, and legal enforcement interaction. Nicholson is well known for encouraging the training, mentorship, and development of staff and future leaders in the agency.

Nicholson was formerly a compliance officer with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and is a proud U.S. Army veteran.

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