College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Public Policy and Administration
Ph.D. Public Policy and Administration
Dr. Thelá R. Thatch, PHR, SHRM-CP leads diversity, equity, and inclusion at Paychex as the organization’s DEI Manager. Dr. Thatch has more than two decades of experience in human resources, talent management, organizational development, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.
The focus of her research is based on equity and the application of inclusion within work environments and public policy initiatives. She has served as an executive consultant to the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services where she developed human capital and workforce strategy to recruit and train individuals to provide services to the homeless and other vulnerable populations. Thelá also has experience as the Chief Diversity Officer for Live Nation Entertainment where she laid the foundation to implement the first diversity initiative and policies within a global organization of more than 10,000 employees.
Over the years, she has also worked with various Fortune 500 organizations such as UPS, Fox Television, Devro, ADC, and Cablevision. Dr. Thatch has taught human resources at Strayer University and served as a graduate assistant at Walden University before becoming a Contributing Faculty member.
Dr. Thatch is a published author of a children’s book titled “The Dog Chef” and has written shorter pieces for a number of publications. She graduated from Kean University with a BA in Communications, earned her MBA with a concentration in Human Resources at North Greenville University, and her MPhil from Walden University. Thelá holds a Ph.D. in public policy and administration with a law specialization from Walden University.