Tanya Meisenholder is the Deputy Commissioner, Equity and Inclusion for the New York City Police Department. Deputy Commissioner Meisenholder’s role is to ensure employees are treated with dignity and respect in the workplace, to identify and address obstacles to success, and to promote a fair and inclusive workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) utilizes an evidence-based approach to identify, evaluate and address processes and behaviors that affect employees, the employee lifecycle, and workplace issues. OEI promotes awareness, education and outreach efforts that engender respect and fosters cultural understanding of employees and the community. OEI oversees the Equal Employment Opportunity Division which is responsible for the prevention and investigation of employment and harassment claims, reasonable accommodation requests and ensuring compliance with regulations related to accessibility of Police Department facilities by members of the disabled community.

Deputy Commissioner Meisenholder began her career with the NYPD in 2007 and has served in various key roles including intelligence and analysis, project management, policy development, long term strategic planning, and research and evaluation. Her career in law enforcement began more than 20 years ago, and she has worked with various agencies including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; the Birmingham, Alabama Police Department; Schenectady, Albany, and Troy, NY Police Departments and the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Deputy Commissioner Meisenholder holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany.