Mayor's Advisory Commission on Human Relations

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The Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations was established in November of 2009 through Executive Order JB-2009-03 [Amended JB-2020-10] to advise the Mayor and recommend ways to better recognize the contributions of all Carmel residents to our great quality of life and identify any obstacles that may prevent full citizen participation in all of our City’s civic, and other, activities.

The mission of the Commission is to advise the Mayor on ways to better recognize and appreciate the contributions of our citizens of all races and ancestries, and to identify any obstacles that may prevent full citizen participation in all civic and other activities taking place within Carmel’s corporate boundaries. The Commission serves as a forum for citizens to informally raise and discuss situations in our community that involve possible prejudice, intolerance or bigotry that adversely affects the public welfare. The Commission will advise the Mayor of any current policy, procedure or practice followed by our city’s public safety or other personnel that it feels hampers a showing of mutual respect and understanding by and between municipal employees and Carmel residents, or a lack of sensitivity to civic rights issues.



Statements by the Commission

Recommended Reading about Cultures/Diversity

Commission meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the 2nd month of a calendar quarter at 4:00 p.m. in City Hall’s 2nd floor Caucus Room.

2022 Meetings

2021 Meetings


Current Commission Members:

(The Commission consists of up to nine members appointed by the Mayor plus two ex-officio members)

Anushree Bag
  Term Expires 12/31/2022

Raju Chinthala
  Term Expires 12/31/2022

Chaka Coleman
  Term Expires 12/31/2023

Shelley Coover
Carmel Clay Schools Representative
  Term Expires 12/31/2022

Lisa Hartz
City of Carmel Director of Human Resources

Jeffery Horner
Carmel Police Chief

Ashhar Madni
  Term Expires 12/31/2022

Kelvin Okamoto
  Term Expires 12/31/2023

Natalia Rekhter
  Term Expires 12/31/2022

Dee Thornton
  Term Expires 12/31/2023

Michael Wallack
  Term Expires 12/31/2023

If you have a question or concern, you may contact the Commission at


Commission Contact:

Sharon Kibbe, Recording Secretary
City of Carmel
Office of the Mayor
1 Civic Square
Carmel, Indiana 46032