Jeffery Roman - Executive Director
Jeff Roman assumed the role of Executive Director of the Office on African American Affairs (OAAA) effective July 13, 2020. Roman’s appointment enables the County to play a larger part in advancing health and racial equity throughout the region.
Roman is a Milwaukee native who has extensive experience mobilizing and supporting equity-based and community-centered programs, policy advocacy and collective impact initiatives. He has a long track record of working with grassroots, philanthropy, nonprofits and the public sector, as well as diverse groups of Milwaukee residents. Roman was also a two-term commissioner and past chair of the Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission; executive director of the nonprofit Urban Roots Milwaukee; benchmark coordinator and program officer for the Milwaukee County Brighter Futures and Milwaukee Minority Male Achievement Program; and equal opportunity coordinator at the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute. He is a member of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, National Black Child Development Institute and Center for Black Equity. Roman is also a founding member and board member of BYP 100, a national member-based and direct-action organization that mobilizes and trains Black youth, activists, scholars, innovators and policy makers ages 18-35. Roman takes the place of Nicole Brookshire, who was appointed by former County Executive Chris Abele in 2017 as OAAA’s founding executive director.
"In the face of COVID-19 and racial unrest that has reached a boiling point, the County is ready to step up and build up our region as a place where all residents can thrive,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. “Jeff Roman is an organizer and a mobilizer. With Jeff at the helm of the Office on African American Affairs, I’m certain we can bring together our communities and institutions to achieve health and racial equity for all.”