Meet the Team | OEI Staff
Nikki Purvis is Chief Equity Officer of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. In this role, she will administer GARE initiatives, equity and inclusion data analytics and performance measures, and advance equity and inclusion policies. The Chief Equity Officer will be the primary liaison for City departments and the Equal Rights Commission.
Nikki also provides strategic direction and oversight for the City’s business inclusion program which promotes economic development for small disadvantaged businesses, as well as, the workforce development program that connects city residents to employment opportunities on certain city-funded private development projects.
Kate Pawasarat serves as the Community Analytics Analyst for the City of Milwaukee Office of Equity and Inclusion, working in collaboration with city leaders, staff, and partners to advance racial equity in city government and throughout Milwaukee. With a background in applied research, community development, and environmental justice, she seeks to inform decision-making through innovative approaches in data analytics, data visualization, and mapping.
Dontreal Teague is a Business Analyst, Sr. with the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Dontreal is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Urban Geography & Planning. With a half decade of experience working with Small Businesses, he is ready to assist with your business needs.
Angelique M. Pettigrew, Contract Compliance Officer for the City of Milwaukee Office of Equity and Inclusion oversees compliance activities for the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Residents Preference (RPP) Programs for city funded private development projects. She also provides administrative support to the Business Capacity Building Program.
Ms. Pettigrew previously worked for the City as a Purchasing Agent from 2010 to 2017, and Paralegal from 2001 to 2010. She is a native Milwaukeean and graduated from Alverno College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and two Master’s Degrees from Marquette University in Public Administration and Dispute Resolution.
James Methu is a Business Analyst, Sr. with the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Equity and Inclusion and lifelong Milwaukee resident. He is a children’s book author and public servant. He is also an entrepreneur with urban business development experience.
His recent accomplishments include a property management firm that operates and manages over $1 million in real estate and helping establish a local trucking school dedicated to creating pathways to family supporting jobs on Milwaukee’s north side.
His educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration, securities investment training, as well as continuing professional studies in Contract Compliance. He is also a graduate of the Associates in Commercial Real Estate program (MSOE & Marquette University). His hobbies include audiobooks, listening to music, working out and sleep.
Rebecca Rabatin has been the City of Milwaukee’s ADA Coordinator since July 2016. Before her current position she worked seven years as Department of Public Works Building and Bridges’ Construction Project Coordinator and prior to that four years with the Department of Neighborhood Services Code Enforcement. Ms. Rabatin came to the City after numerous years spent project managing for a civil contractor and several consulting firms.
Ms. Rabatin gained firsthand knowledge of the challenges persons with disabilities face on a consistent basis from her past experience as a caregiver and former board member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Huntington Disease Society of America.