Mary J. Lomax-Ghirarduzzi joined Pacific in 2021 as the university’s inaugural vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and chief diversity officer. She is also a professor in the Communication Department. A leader on race, leadership and faith-informed social justice, she is guiding the university through a transformative framework designed to integrate DEI into all aspects of campus life and operations.
Prior to Pacific, Lomax-Ghirarduzzi served as dean of students and vice provost of diversity and community engagement at University of San Francisco, where she led diversity initiatives that resulted in one of the most ethnically diverse student bodies and faculty in the nation. A 1989 Pacific graduate, Lomax-Ghirarduzzi also holds a MA in intercultural counseling and social justice education from San Diego State University and an EdD in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University.
She is an affiliate faculty member at the Race and Equity Center at University of Southern California and president of the Northern California chapter of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.
Lomax-Ghirarduzzi’s awards include the Black History Month Legacy Award of Excellence, announced at the 35th Annual Black History Month Legacy Awards Gala in Sacramento; Human Rights Defender for Gender Equality in San Francisco; and being named one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times.