CMS Leadership

Office of Equal Opportunity & Civil Rights

Anita Pinder


Anita Pinder is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Anita provides agency-wide leadership and advice on issues related to equal employment opportunity, civil rights, and the prevention of workplace harassment. She is involved in formulating and establishing policies and guidance regarding EEO and civil rights issues. She manages the agency’s EEO training program as well as the administration of the EEO compliance and reasonable accommodation programs.

Before joining the Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, Anita worked in the Office of Operations Management. There she was responsible for key projects concerning recruitment, human capital management, and policy development. While working in CMS’ Center for Medicaid and State Operations (now the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services), her focus was on family and children’s health programs. She also worked in the Labor and Employee Relations Office and served as a facilitator in a variety of forums including contract negotiations. Anita also served as an organization development consultant and received certifications in personal and organizational change management and high performance leadership. She has worked with a variety of teams and government agencies on team building, strategic planning, change management, and project planning.

Anita earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She holds a graduate certificate in Leadership Development from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s degree in Aging.

Deputy Director: Alaina Jenkins