Audrey Farrar Morton

Audrey Morton

Title: Public Administrator
Location: Centreville, Virginia, United States

Audrey Farrar Morton, Public Administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of human and civil rights.

Ms. Morton started her higher education at Howard University in Washington, DC. As a divorcee and mother of four children, she was accepted as a transfer student to Regis Jesuit College and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in August 1970. She continued her college education by earning a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado (Boulder) in 1973. From 1972 to 1979, Ms. Morton served as an Assistant to the City Manager of Aurora, Colorado. Here, she authored the city’s first Affirmative Action Program that was approved by the City Council in December 1973. In 1979, she was accepted into the Doctoral Program in Public Administration at the University of Colorado (Denver) and also served from 1980 to 1982 as their Doctoral Program Director.

In 1983, Ms. Morton received her first political appointment as the Region VIII Deputy Regional Director and Director of Congressional Affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In 1986, she was transferred to Washington, DC, to serve as the Special Assistant to the Director of the newly created Office for Minority Health. After a year in this position, she was appointed the Director of the Office for Civil Rights. Her most significant achievement while serving in this position was the issuance of the AIDS Policy Statement that prohibits discrimination against persons who have AIDS or AIDS-related conditions. This policy statement, issued in August 1988, required compliance by the approximately 100,000 recipients of HHS funds. In 1989, Ms. Morton accepted an appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of State. Significant achievements included the development of the State Department’s first Multi-Year Affirmative Action Plan that was submitted to Congress and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1990. She directed the Department’s first Study on Sexual Harassment, issued the Department’s first Sexual Harassment Policy, and submitted copies of the Sexual Harassment Study to Congress. Ms. Morton ended her service with the federal government by serving as a legislative assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the only African American staff member for the Welfare Reform Task Force with the Republican Members of the Ways and Means Committee that developed the Federal Welfare Reform Legislation that was enacted into law in 1996. Upon her departure from the federal government, Ms. Morton served as a substitute teacher for Fairfax County, Virginia Public Schools from 1999 until 2012.

Among her volunteer service includes the Fairfax County Civil Service Commission from 1994 until 2015 and the Fairfax County Human Services Council from 2016 until 2019. Ms. Morton is also a Life Member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Throughout her career, Ms. Morton has received several honors. Among these are the Minorities in Public Administration Fellowship in 1971 that was funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; the recognition in a “First Achievements Exhibit” displayed at the 2016 International Conference for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. held in Atlanta, GA; the recognition as a trailblazer as the first African American woman graduate in the “Hall of Femme” article published in the Regis Jesuit University Magazine (Fall-Winter Issue 2018); and the selection as Lady Fairfax for Sully District for the Celebrate Fairfax Salute that honors outstanding citizens of Fairfax County, Virginia (May 2019). As a testament to her success and stature as a public administrator, Ms. Morton was featured in the 16th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.

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