What we do
The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME), housed within the Office of Public Engagement, works to close the opportunity divide for men and boys of color.
We want to reduce economic and social disparities, improve the lives of black men and boys, and better the communities where they live. Our work also includes a focus on serving Latino, Asian, immigrant, and other populations of men and boys in the City of Philadelphia.
We accomplish these goals with the help of the following programs:
- My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia initiative
- The Mayor’s Commission on African American Males
- The Philadelphia Men & Boys of Color Collaborative
Mayor James F. Kenney formed this new office, and it is overseen by Deputy Mayor, Dr. Nina Ahmad.
Jack Drummond is a leader, administrator, advisor, adjunct professor, and proud alumnus of Lincoln University. As the director for the Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement, he is tasked to help create an equitable Philadelphia for men and boys of color by eliminating disparities and creating opportunities. Drummond also has 15 years of mental health experience as an administrator and direct service worker for youth and families. Additionally, he is an advocate for the under-represented and leads by serving.