Our Behr team members are a mosaic of visible and invisible characteristics, including backgrounds, skill sets, perspectives, and experiences. We celebrate this diversity and strive to build a culture of equity and inclusion. To us, that means a culture where every team member…
Jeff Filley, President

​​​​​​​“When we create an environment where every individual feels respected, valued, and a sense of belonging, that’s when they can truly bring their best selves to work, be better teammates, maximize their contributions to the team, our organization and their communities.

My entire leadership team and I are committed to listening and learning on our journey toward greater inclusion and equity for all.”

- Jeff Filley, President

The collective work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is continuous and ever-changing, and there is no finish line. What’s more, it’s a job shared by all at Behr—from our DEI Council, to our senior leaders, to our managers, and to our team members at large.


Our Council consists of team members, representing all major departments, and is diverse on many dimensions: job level, tenure, age, background, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and gender. What Council members all share is a passion for Behr and for DEI.

The Council's primary role is to:

Promote Community
Provide a sense of belonging for underrepresented teammates at Behr Paint Company
Create a Safe Space
Provide a safe space for Behr team members to share, ask, discuss, and connect
Support Education & Growth
Provide insights and feedback on current initiatives, and champion DEI efforts to build greater awareness and allyship

The Council is also a key advisory partner to the organization on approaching workplace processes and community partnerships with a DEI lens.

Our Executive Leadership Team serves on the Council’s Steering Committee.

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Victoria Ip

Director of Sales-Dealer/
Distributor Channels
​​​​​​​Diversified Channels
Orange County, CA

“I joined the DEI Council as I was looking for a way to contribute to DEI initiatives in my everyday life, and this was such a direct way to be involved, I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by. 

I've had the amazing opportunity to serve as co-chair of the Council and be directly involved in turning ideas into actions alongside our council members. This has been an invaluable opportunity to learn about others’ perspectives and consider how we encourage more conversation on these topics to foster understanding and empathy. 

The DEI forums and open roundtable discussions brought people together. The stories and open sharing helped connect us to each other in a personal way. Each person’s story was unique, yet there was always so much to relate to. We were able to find common ground outside of our professional lives which will make us a stronger team and company.”

“I chose to join the DEI Council because, as a gay man, I wanted to make sure that everyone feels the same acceptance that I have experienced at Behr. I have never had to pretend to be someone that I am not and have felt comfortable being open and honest about myself without the fear of discrimination or of impeding my growth and development.

The work of the DEI Council has enabled team members to talk openly about issues that they have faced. I learned of their struggles and how the actions this council takes can help to shed light on these issues. This has encouraged others to feel more comfortable in sharing their stories and struggles, and helped them realize they are not alone and can reach out for help.”

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Mark Germain

Director, Retail Experience
Orange County, CA

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Aisha Schutz

Pro Paint Sales Representative
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

“I joined the DEI Council to extend myself professionally beyond my sales role. Serving on the DEI council is like visiting 15+ offices at one time! I am able to strategize and collaborate with different team members from various backgrounds, ethnicities, life experiences, tenure, and departments all over the US. It is refreshing to have dynamic conversations with individuals where we can objectively brainstorm and generate content that fosters belonging at Behr.

On a personal level, my work on the council has helped me find my true purpose— helping to foster diverse, equitable and inclusive workspaces to encourage innovation and well-being.”


Masco - Our Parent Company
In 1999, after 52 years of private ownership, Behr Paint Company was acquired by Masco Corporation of Livonia, Michigan, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded home improvement and building products. Both Masco and Behr share a continuous improvement culture and an unwavering commitment to doing the right thing.

Masco's long-term focus and commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion helps amplify our work by enabling collaboration and best practice sharing with our sister business units, such as Delta Faucets, Kichler Lighting, and Liberty Hardware.



For years, we’ve collaborated with several national diversity partners that provide targeted expertise and support through forums; educational workshops; safe spaces for open dialogue; leadership development opportunities; and storytelling panels to provide greater awareness around barriers and adversities faced by historically underrepresented groups.