Office on African American Affairs

Our Team

Jeffery Roman - Director 

Jeff Roman assumed the role of Director of the Office on Equity effective Jan. 1, 2022. 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. 

Rick Banks
Senior Program Manager - African American Affairs

Rick Banks is a Milwaukee native who’s been active as an organizer and activist for over 10 years. A proud graduate of Riverside University High School, he received degrees in political science and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and previously worked as a community organizer in the Harambee Neighborhood, where he continues to be active as a resident. Rick has also served as political director for Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC), a nonprofit dedicated to politically and civically engaging Black residents, and was an economic development specialist for the City of Milwaukee. Rick co-founded MKE Black, Incorporated, a non-profit dedicated to promoting black culture and black owned-businesses in Milwaukee through social media and an app-based business database. Rick serves on the board of directors for Outpost Natural Foods, a healthy foods cooperative grocery store, and Inner City Redevelopment Corporation, a nonprofit affordable housing organization.

Kristin Vogel
FUSE Fellow

Kristin Vogel has dedicated her career to advancing social justice and equity through human-centered design, inclusive and adaptive leadership, continuous improvement, and information and its use in decision-making. Most recently, she worked as a special assistant to the provost in higher education, enhancing organizational development and strategy. Before that, Kristin led and championed organization-wide innovation initiatives, applying techniques from her Stanford University Graduate School of Business LEAD certification, and simultaneously coordinated teams delivering dynamic modern library services. She has been an invited facilitator nationally and internationally, including in Bahrain, Ghana, and Uganda. Kristin earned a master's degree in library and information technology from Indiana University - Bloomington and a bachelor's degree in peace and global studies from Earlham College.


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