Gurjit Chima Named Assistant County Manager for Human Rights and EEO

Published on May 24, 2018


  • Previously served as Employee Relations Manager for the Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

  • Brings 10+ years of experience in equal employment regulations and employee relations

  • Will be Assistant County Manager for Human Rights and EEO


Arlington County has named Gurjit Chima as the new Assistant County Manager for Human Rights and EEO. She will join Arlington County in her new role on May 29.

Most recently, Chima served as the Employee Relations Manager for the Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. In that role, she was responsible for advising the agency on employment laws, corporate policies, personnel practices and resolving employee relations concerns. This included creating an anti-harassment program for domestic and international employees, and providing training or coaching managers and employees on proper methods for handling performance and conduct concerns.

Chima is an attorney with experience serving both the private and government sectors. With more than 10 years in the field, she will join Arlington County with a great wealth of knowledge in employment discrimination issues, EEO regulations, workplace investigations, employee relations, supervisor and employee training, ethics and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.

"I am looking forward to having Gurjit join the Arlington County leadership team," County Manager Mark Schwartz said. "She will be instrumental in advancing human rights and related initiatives across County government and in the Arlington community, consistent with our mission of diversity and inclusion."

As the Assistant County Manager for Human Rights and EEO, Chima will research methods to address complex and important Human Rights initiatives. Her broad portfolio will include advancing diversity, including the Equal Employment Opportunities Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She will also serve as a liaison to the County's Human Rights Commission, working to ensure internal employees and citizens of Arlington County are treated fairly and represented appropriately,

Chima holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) from Seton Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) from Georgetown University. She is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey and holds a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) certification. Prior to joining the Henry Jackson Foundation, Chima served at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Commerce, Smithsonian Institution and various non-profit organizations.

Gurjit currently resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys running and traveling.

Editor's note: The position of Assistant County Manager for Human Rights and EEO was established nearly 30 years ago. Raul Torres, who held the position most recently, retired in April 2018.