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.”
Santana Beckman - Equity Analyst
Santana has been working with the Office on African American Affairs since 2018. She began her career as an executive assistant, serving the office's needs around constituent services and working with the executive director. Since then, Santana has demonstrated strength in community engagement and outreach. In her new role as equity analyst, she'll focus on the needs of the community and how OAAA can be a strategic partner in various initiatives.
Jennifer Harris - Research and Program Manager
A devoted practitioner and racial equity advocate, Jennifer’s career spans across higher education to local government program management and research. As the research and program manager for the Office on African American Affairs, she is devoted to achieving racial equity throughout Milwaukee County.