Victor Armstrong, MSW

Victor Armstrong serves as Chief Diversity Officer of RI International. Prior to accepting this role, Victor served as North Carolina DHHS Chief Health Equity Officer, with responsibility for leading the overarching strategy and operational goals to promote health equity, diversity, and inclusion across all the agency’s health and human services. In his DHHS role, Victor had responsibility for developing, implementing, facilitating, and embedding health equity strategic initiatives into every aspect of DHHS’ programs, services, actions, outcomes, and internal employee culture; as well as overseeing the Office of Health Equity, Office of Rural Health, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Victor currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, as well as the board of directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) of NC. He is also a member, and former board chair, of NAMI NC, and a member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Victor is a former member of the board of directors of National Council for Behavioral Health, and i2i Center for Integrative Health.

Victor graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and received a Master of Social Work (MSW) from East Carolina University.  His awards and recognitions include 2019 Black Mental Health Symposium -Mental Health Advocate of the Year, 2019 Atrium Health Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award, 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from East Carolina University School of Social Work, Pride Magazine 2018 “Best of the Best”, and i2i Center for Integrative Health 2018 Innovation Award for “Whole Person Care.”