Meet the Staff

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    Equity and Engagement Director-Chief Equity Officer

    Rachel Joy

    Rachel Joy oversees the Equity and Engagement Department. In her Director role, she oversees and directs the work of the Department’s three divisions – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Community Outreach and Engagement; and Community Safety and Justice. Ms. Joy has been with the City of Champaign since 2016. Prior to her appointment to Equity and Engagement Director, she served as Community Relations Manager and Compliance Officer. Ms. Joy holds a Master of Arts degree in

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    Rachel Joy oversees the Equity and Engagement Department. In her Director role, she oversees and directs the work of the Department’s three divisions – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Community Outreach and Engagement; and Community Safety and Justice.

    Ms. Joy has been with the City of Champaign since 2016. Prior to her appointment to Equity and Engagement Director, she served as Community Relations Manager and Compliance Officer.

    Ms. Joy holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Services with a concentration in social services administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wilberforce University and participated in the University’s international study abroad program at Hebrew University.

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    Community Relations Manager

    Tracy Parsons

    Tracy Parsons is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the work of the Champaign Community Coalition. Mr. Parsons helps the Coalition successfully implement sustainable strategies which improve the lives of area youth and families through an effective collaboration of diverse community partners and service agencies.

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    Tracy Parsons is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the work of the Champaign Community Coalition. Mr. Parsons helps the Coalition successfully implement sustainable strategies which improve the lives of area youth and families through an effective collaboration of diverse community partners and service agencies.

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      Community Relations Manager

      Jorge Elvir

      Jorge Elvir is responsible for managing the Community Safety and Justice Division. This position is responsible for implementing the City’s gun violence prevention and intervention activities. He serves as liaison to Champaign Police, community-based organizations, and advisory boards and committees geared towards reducing community violence. Jorge is responsible for the

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      Jorge Elvir is responsible for managing the Community Safety and Justice Division. This position is responsible for implementing the City’s gun violence prevention and intervention activities. He serves as liaison to Champaign Police, community-based organizations, and advisory boards and committees geared towards reducing community violence. Jorge is responsible for the oversight of the Community Gun Violence Reduction Blueprint, monitoring activities of all partner agencies funded through City resources, working directly with the Grants Manager on ARPA-funded programming, and working directly with the evaluator(s) to ensure overall effectiveness of related processes and program impact.

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        Acting Community Relations Manager/Compliance Officer

        Mary Catherine Roberson

        Mary Catherine Roberson is responsible for managing community relations activities and assists with the coordination of community-wide initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her responsibilities include administration of the City’s Human Rights and Equal Opportunities in Purchasing Ordinances, the investigation and conciliation of formal and informal citizen complaints of

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        Mary Catherine Roberson is responsible for managing community relations activities and assists with the coordination of community-wide initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her responsibilities include administration of the City’s Human Rights and Equal Opportunities in Purchasing Ordinances, the investigation and conciliation of formal and informal citizen complaints of discrimination and/or unfair treatment, assisting citizens in preparing and processing complaints, planning and implementing community workshops and trainings, and serving as staff liaison to the Champaign Human Relations Commission and Citizen Review Subcommittee.

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Equity & Engagement Department

Contact Us

Equity & Engagement Department

102 N. Neil St.
Champaign IL, 61820

217-403-8830

271-403-8835 (fax)

[email protected]