Norvel "Rock" Dillard serves as the Director, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Management at the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI). As the Director of D&I Management he provides oversight and strategic guidance to D&I, EO, and EEO specialists located across the DoD enterprise. He provides advice and guidance to DoD leadership at the highest levels, including in the Military Services and the Defense Agencies, concerning all diversity and inclusion management and compliance issues.
Prior to this assignment Mr. Dillard served as a Strategic Initiatives Manager and technical expert in strategic initiatives and communications and as an advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) (Diversity and Leadership) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA).
Prior to this assignment he served for 15 months as the Diversity and Leadership Deputy Director with duty as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Diversity and Leadership). Mr. Dillard retired from the Army's active duty service in 2008 as a colonel after serving more than 26 years in numerous command and staff positions. Mr. Dillard graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications from Norfolk State University, Dual Masters Degrees in Management and Computer Resources Management from Webster University and a Master's Degree in National Resource Strategies from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF).