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Meet the Commission


Jeffery K. Roman, Chairperson

Picture of Commissioner Jeffery RomanJeffery K. Roman has worked in the Milwaukee community as an educator, advocate, planner, and coalition builder developing community-based interventions for over 10 years. He has served in various roles within Milwaukee’s community service, nonprofit, and public sectors helping to develop and implement evidence-based best-practices focused on improving access, equity, and achievement in communities of color throughout Milwaukee. He has worked on numerous initiatives involving local and state institutions including the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee Health Department, Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee County UW Cooperative Extension, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Wisconsin Department of Children & Families, along with a host of community, faith-based, and youth serving organizations. Over the years, he has participated on, led and staffed a number of community coalitions, networks, alliances, and initiatives including the City of Milwaukee Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Workgroup, the Milwaukee Teen Pregnancy Prevention Network, the Milwaukee Alliance for Sexual Health, the Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative, the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, the Milwaukee Men’s Health Resource Network, BE the CHANGE Literacy, Life Skills & Leadership Program, and the Milwaukee Boys to Men Coalition. More recently, he is working with the area’s various young professional and minority affinity groups who together are launching the Milwaukee Inner-city Influencers Network.

Jeffery is currently Principal and Director of the Milwaukee Planning Group, LLC through which he is leading the charge locally to develop community-academic-municipal capacities that engage, support and empower young boys, men, and fathers in Milwaukee. He is actively engaged in City’s Black male achievement and fatherhood engagement efforts and focus on aligning policy and resources at the city, county, and state levels to reduce incarceration and recidivism, and improve outcomes in health, education, entrepreneurship, and employment among boys and men of color in Southeastern Wisconsin. This year, he along with partners will launch a focused collective impact initiative titled Milwaukee Healthy Boys, Healthy Men, Healthy Communities to better coordinate and align efforts through the public health lens.

Jeffery is a graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools K-12 full Spanish immersion program, and studied educational policy and community studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He (along with his twin brother Jordan) is the oldest of five boys raised by a single mother in Milwaukee, and is a fellow with the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Community Change. Jeffery is also involved in many Milwaukee community service activities including membership with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators (MMABSE), mentorship and extended learning opportunities with Milwaukee Public Schools and the Milwaukee Center for Leadership Development, and board service with the Alma Center, Inc.- a men’s centered reentry outpatient and domestic violence prevention organization focused on trauma informed care. He also serves as a disaster services volunteer with the American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Jeffery was appointed to the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in May 2011 and elected Chair shortly after by his peers. As Chair, he works to strengthen community relations, communication, and accountability between City residents, departments and agencies, and engages in community outreach to build capacities that leverage resources for equitable access and opportunities for all City residents and under-served communities most in need.


Chez Ordonez, Vice-Chairperson

Picture of Commissioner Chez OrdonezChez Ordonez, a progressive, unorthodox change agent is a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, WI with extensive knowledge and experience in Communications, Journalism, and Government relations. He was raised in a diverse household by immigrant parents who taught him to always look for the third path, think outside of the box and to challenge mainstream practices. He continuously approaches a situation with the framework of inspiring innovation, and leverages his natural ability as a high performing communicator and storyteller for the betterment of those around him.

In his professional career, Chez held many key level positions in the communications and media industries. He served as a Communications Manager for two large telecommunications corporations and proceeded to diversify his talents. He went on to be a journalist, doing live community radio as an on-air producer, fill-in host, to eventually co-hosting. Most recently, Chez served in the Wisconsin State Senate as a Director of Communications, serving US State Senator Lena Taylor. He was charged with directing communications and media strategy, constituent and intergovernmental relations, and serving as an in-house lobbyist. Shortly after this role, he decided to run for local public office, challenging the status quo and providing an outlet for everyone's voice to be heard. He feels that, whether in politics or a media campaign, every voice has value.

Being well connected to the community, and being passionate about its welfare, Chez serves on many boards and has been appointed to several commissions. Currently, Chez has been appointed by the Mayor to serve as a Commissioner for City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission. In addition, he is a newly elected board member to the ACLU of Wisconsin and a board member of Equality Wisconsin. He also continues to serve as a top freelance PR consultant and cause lobbyist, while serving as a voice for equality. Concurrently, Chez writes for several papers and websites focused on covering community issues, politics, and communication trends.


Mayhoua Moua

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Mayhoua Moua is founder and president of Moua Consulting Group, LLC, in which she uses over twenty years of experience in the not-for-profit social services to close cultural gaps and language barriers. Mrs. Moua has served on many boards of directors locally and nationally. She has been recognized and received awards for her work in the Wisconsin Woman Magazine twice, Wisconsin Historical Society, Portraits of Hmong Women, Milwaukee Business Journal, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Hmong Woman of the Year 2010, The Vatican II Award by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and the Catholic Herald.


 Tony Snell Rodriguez

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Tony Snell Rodriguez, a longtime human rights activist and community organizer, comes to Milwaukee from South Carolina, where he served as president of South Carolina Pride for several years and is a founding member of the Harriet Hancock Center Foundation. Over the years, Tony has served as an LGBTQ Community spokesperson while organizing initiatives and demonstrations, including an infamous trip to Bob Jones University; Pride events in Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach; the historic inclusion of S.C. Pride in the Columbia St. Patrick’s Day Parade; and state senate passage of a hate crime bill protecting sexual orientation. In 1998, Tony was interviewed by the New York Times in a ground-breaking, front page story about LGBT political organizing in the South. Demanding transgender inclusion, he was instrumental in the crafting and passage of the City of Columbia’s Human Rights Ordinances –  first in the state and groundbreaking in the South. Tony has also served as a founding member of both the Equality Federation (a national group of LGBT organizations) and the F.B.I. Community Engagement Council. He has joined the PrideFest Milwaukee Production Team as Director of Security, leading a dynamic team responsible for security, volunteers, communications, and the Festival Office.

Tony, a Spanish-American, is happily married to Dr. W. Zhang and proud to now call Milwaukee their home.


 

Sheila Ashley

Picture of Commissioner Sheila AshleySheila Ashley recently retired from the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Milwaukee Field Office after seventeen years. She is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and arrived in Milwaukee in 1975 to attend Marquette University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army through Marquette’s ROTC program. Ms. Ashley obtained a certificate from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Leadership program in 1999.

In 1999 Ms. Ashley joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) after spending 10 years in a variety of Executive level positions with the City of Milwaukee’s Department of Employee Relations, Directing the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, Serving as Public Affairs Officer for the Fire and Police Commission and as a Legislative Fiscal Manager for the City’s Intergovernmental Relations Division.  Additionally, she was the Education Coordinator for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District.

In addition to her role as the Milwaukee Field Office’s Deputy Director, Ms. Ashley was responsible for managing Congressional and Public Affairs, Contingency Operations Planning for emergency and disasters and coordinating Faith & Community Based initiatives involving representing HUD in an advisory capacity on several community initiatives where they developed strategies and catalyzed solutions involving neighborhood revitalization and stabilization through homeownership and community and economic development.

Ms. Ashley spent 11 years as a United States Army Commissioned officer. Her duties as a Personnel Officer included serving as Adjutant to the Commander of Field Station Okinawa, Equal Opportunity Staff Officer for the Commander of the Aviation Systems Command, Commanding the Separation and Transfer Point at Fort Sheridan Illinois and serving as the Brigade S-1 for the 4th Recruiting Brigade where she was responsible for managing the personnel actions for soldiers assigned to the Brigade geographically dispersed in a seven state area of the mid-west. Ms. Ashley and her husband of 34 years, Larry, raised three children, have a grandson and granddaughter and live in the City of Milwaukee.


 Jessica Langill, Equal Rights Specialist

Picture of Equal Rights Specialist Jessica Langill

Jessica Langill was born and raised in Milwaukee and graduated from Alverno College in 2015 with a BA in Psychology and supports in Community Leadership and Women's and Gender Studies. Since 2010 she has been working and volunteering in non-profit organizations that focus on areas of equal access to education, safe-sex education, homelessness and aging out of foster care, equal rights, and LGBTQ+ advocacy.

Currently Jessica serves as the Equal Rights Specialist for the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission. In this role she staffs the ERC, handles internal and community outreach, and brings about policies and procedures focused on improving the quality of life for all individuals living in the City of Milwaukee. Jessica is also an active Alverno alumnae and the Health & Wellness Area Manager for PrideFest Milwaukee. 

Jessica lives on the south side of Milwaukee with her wife and pets and enjoys volunteering, spending time with friends, and traveling.

 


 

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