Kolu Paye named director of Contract Compliance for Civil Rights

Kolu Paye is the new director of Contract Compliance for the Department of Civil Rights.

Contract Compliance ensures that City projects and contracts include women, minority and low-income workers and businesses and that workers are paid according to labor and employment laws. Paye will manage a staff of 9 in the division.

Paye has been with the division for five years and has had a tremendous impact on including more diverse businesses and workers on City contracts and projects. She was extremely instrumental in establishing goals and affirmative action policies for the City’s professional services contracts to further the inclusion of disadvantaged businesses. She also simplified and streamlined compliance processes for City staff and contractors, saving staff time and increasing efficiency. Paye has led efforts to promote contract compliance and to remedy noncompliance issues, ensuring businesses contracting with the City are held accountable to the requirements for including women, minority and low-income workers and businesses.

Previously Paye served as the manager of compliance and oversight for Contract Compliance. Before working with the City, she worked as a community coordinator with Minneapolis based Restorative Justice Community Action and as a project manager with the City of Saint Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department through the Local Initiative Support Corporation’s Careership program.

Paye earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and her law degree from Arizona Summit Law School. She is originally from Liberia and is a licensed attorney providing pro bono services to the Liberian community. Paye is also dedicated to increasing the number of minority attorneys. As a volunteer with the U.S. Federal Courts Open Doors Program, she encourages minority students to pursue legal careers.


Published Jun 14, 2016



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