Board of Health Member: Shayne Downton


Shayne Downton

Shayne Downton
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Mount Carmel Health System

Shayne Downton is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for Mount Carmel Health System where he is responsible for the strategic direction and oversite of DEI, leading the work for over ten thousand colleagues.  His main responsibilities are training, facilitating critical dialogue, managing a regional diversity council and colleague resource groups, and overseeing language access services.  Prior to being with Mount Carmel, he spent 18 years with United Way of Central Ohio, most of which, as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

While at UWCO, he established a system of accountability that included a framework of policies and practices that advanced UWCO’s recognition as a diversity and inclusion leader in central Ohio and throughout the United Way network. He led the efforts for UWCO to be the first United Way in the country to develop Cultural Competency Standards, the first to require policy standards for funded partner board diversity, and one of the first to create an inclusion policy. 

Downton also was an advisor to the United Way Worldwide Inclusion Council, and he currently serves on the Columbus Humane Board and Southwest City School’s DEI Committee in addition to the Columbus Board of Health. Additionally, he is a past board member of the African American Leadership Academy, Community Refugee and Immigration Services, and past president emeritus, president, and vice president of the Central Ohio Diversity Consortium.

Downton is an advocate for equity and inclusion and has a warm heart for animals. He is a graduate of Leadership Columbus, United Way of Central Ohio’s Project Diversity, and the United Way Worldwide Advanced Leadership Program. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and enjoys spending time with his family.