November 14, 2023
Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley Appoints Sumaiyah Clark as Chief Equity Officer
MILWAUKEE – County Executive David Crowley is announcing the appointment of Ms. Sumaiyah Clark to the position of Chief Equity Officer for the Milwaukee County Office of Equity. The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will consider the confirmation of Ms. Clark as early as December.
Ms. Clark is a dedicated public servant with over 20 years of progressive advancement, community development, social justice, and equity advocacy experience. Most recently, Ms. Clark worked in the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the last five years, creating and executing multi-year strategies that encompass all facets of planning, budgeting, program development, community engagement, outreach, and advocacy initiatives. She also co-authored Milwaukee County DHHS’ first Workplace Equity & Inclusion Statement, as well as developed a DEI Readiness Assessment and DEI Audit Tool to assess current workplace policies and procedures.
“I am proud to appoint Sumaiyah Clark to lead Milwaukee County’s Office of Equity, as she is an analytical leader with the proven ability to create safe spaces for learning and exploration in diverse settings, foster inclusive environments, and drive positive change in the community,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. “I have the upmost confidence that Ms. Clark will provide the leadership and commitment Milwaukee County needs to continue to advance our vision of becoming the healthiest county in Wisconsin by achieving racial equity.”
Ms. Clark holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University. She also has a Graduate Certificate from Marquette University in Applied Anthropology and Neighborhood Resourcing. She has previous work experience with both the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee.
Ms. Clark currently serves on the Boards for several organizations, including I Have a Dream Foundation, UW-Milwaukee Trauma in Our Community, MPS Partnership for the Arts & Humanities, and the MA’RUF Nonprofit Organization.
“I am truly honored to lead the Office of Equity for Milwaukee County. I look forward to working alongside community members, dedicated leaders, and stakeholders who share a commitment to advancing equity. We have the unique opportunity to amplify the assets of our beautiful communities while addressing inequities and disparities, utilizing strategies that will improve the quality of life for people who live here,” said Ms. Clark.
More information about Milwaukee County’s Office of Equity is available HERE.