A scandal-hit diversity, equity and inclusion consultant has accused a Vermont mayor of white supremacy after an official report revealed she spent an extra $192,000 while planning a June 19 celebration .
Tyeastia Green was the first person appointed by the City of Burlington to lead a newly created Office for Racial Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, in April 2020.
She left in March 2022 to return to Minneapolis, where she was originally from, and work there – but after less than a year amid questions about her financial management.
Burlington, learning of the Minneapolis debacle, began investigating Green’s work in the Vermont city and uncovered similar financial irregularities.
Green angrily denied the allegations Thursday and called Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger a white supremacist.
“White supremacy doesn’t mean you have a hoodie and a robe in your closet,” she said. WCAX News.
‘That’s not what it means. That means you’re going to do everything you can to make sure whiteness is the norm.
And that’s exactly what Miro does. He makes sure whiteness is the norm, look at his management team.
Tyeastia Green worked as the director of Burlington’s new Office of Racial Equity, Inclusion and Belonging from April 2020 to March 2022. On Thursday, she reacted angrily to accusations of financial neglect.
Green called Miro Weinberger, the mayor of Burlington, a white supremacist
The mayor’s spokesman said Green did not respond to questions about his financial dealings.
“Once again, Tyeastia is responding to public concerns about his professional work by bringing personal charges against others,” the mayor’s office told WCAX.
“Following the events in Minneapolis, it would have been professional misconduct on the part of Burlington not to commission this report.”
The Burlington mayor’s report examined funding for a June 19 celebration in 2022, planned by Green and which took place shortly after Green left.
They discovered that Green had not followed city policy, which directed city officials to use top vendors for events.
Instead, they found Green had switched to more expensive vendors, costing the city an additional $132,000.
The city also accused her of a lack of communication about budgets and fundraising.
Green has been accused of failing to communicate on budgets and fundraising for the June 19, 2022 celebrations
A Burlington City Hall report found she overspent on vendors
Green was accused of being negligent in the festival’s expenses, but she stressed that she was free from fraud or embezzlement.
Green told WCAX that her office had nothing to do with event planning and contracts for Juneteenth, and said the city’s report cleared her of any allegations of fraud or embezzlement. .
Green claimed the only reason the event was reviewed was because it was organized by and in honor of black people.
Vermont is 93.8% white: only Maine has a higher percentage of whites.
The city said if Green still worked there, she would face significant punishment.
“If they were still city employees, we would now be considering serious penalties against them,” the spokesperson said.
The year Green worked at Minneapolis City Hall, from March 2022 to March 2023, saw allegations that she asked to attend a taxpayer-funded leadership retreat and oversaw the spending of nearly $500,000 on a disappointing Black Expo event.
Green is pictured in March 2022, when she returned to her hometown of Minneapolis to work at City Hall
Green wanted to go to tSee Change event in Burlington, Vermont, which lists activities such as snowkiting and yoga.
He also offered a series of lectures, including those entitled “Letting go of your climate guilt” and “Demystifying climate justice”.
Green requested $2,433.21 for event registration, airfare and travel agent fees.
The City denied the request.
Green has also come under fire for her organization of Minneapolis’ inaugural “I am Ancestors Wildest Dreams” trade show, held in February 2023.
A local business owner told local media that she was promised 20,000 people were expected, but only a few hundred showed up.
Green defended the expenses and said they were on budget.
Green in Minneapolis, as in Vermont, accused his former colleagues of racism.
She said Minneapolis City Hall had a “toxic work culture” and claimed she was forced to work in an office where she could hear nearby inmates crying through the walls.
She also accused several senior black officials – including chairwoman Andrea Jenkins and member LaTrisha Vetaw – of being “anti-black”. Jenkins replied that she was “not anti-black, I’m anti-incompetent”.