Grande Lum, an expert in conflict resolution, will be formally installed as director of the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service on Oct. 29.
Lum was confirmed by the Senate on June 29. The Community Relations Service is a component of the department and describes itself as the “peacemaker” within the agency, working with local authorities and law enforcement to reduce tensions stemming from racial, gender or other bias and prevent hate crimes.
Lum most recently served on the Board of Overseers of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is a Commerce Department initiative that aims to improve competitiveness of U.S. organizations, according to a news release. He previously worked as the director of the Historically Underutilized Business Zone program at the Small Business Administration. Before that he worked as the director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at the University of California Hastings School of Law.