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Black Men and Boys Commission

The 21-member Black Men and Boys Commission will help advise the Mayor and the City of Boston on issues pertaining to Black men and boys.

We want to hear from you! Take our survey to provide direct feedback to the commission:

Commission's Engagement Form

About the Commission

The Commission was established through a 2021 ordinance sponsored by Councilor Julia Mejia and signed by former Mayor Kim Janey. The Commission will be made up of 21 members:

  • The Mayor will appoint seven members who are experts on issues facing Black men and boys in Boston.
  • The Mayor will appoint seven members from 14 nominees with experience or knowledge on issues facing Black men and boys in Boston submitted by the City Council.
  • The Mayor will appoint seven members from a pool of applicants with experience or knowledge on issues facing Black men and boys in Boston.

Submissions for the Black Men and Boys Commission are now closed. Keep in touch for future openings.

Meet the Commissioners

Meet the Commissioners
  • Tito Jackson, Chair - Former District 7 City Councilor & Original Sponsor of the Ordinance
  • James Mackey, Vice Chair - Founder of Brother’s Building
  • Devin Morris - Founder of the Teacher’s Lounge
  • Louis Elisa - Chair of Garrison-Trotter Neighborhood Association
  • Jeff Similien - Founder of Kings Amongst Kings 
  • James Hills - Host of JavawithJimmy 
  • Sean Perryman-Futrell - Tech Boston Student
  • Kurt Faustin - Founder of Drop Out Academy
  • James Morton - CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston
  • Joseph Feaster Jr - Of Counsel at McKenzie & Associates, former President of the Boston branch of the NAACP
  • Abdullah Beckett- UMass Boston Student, Chair of MBK-Umass Boston 
  • Tony Brewer- Community Advocate, Black Men’s Committee member
  • Piter Brandao - Co-Founder of MBK617
  • Matt Parker- Executive Director, Union of Minority Neighborhoods
  • Maddrey Goode - Director, MassHire Boston
  • Tony Richards - Vice President of Equitable Business Development, MassHousing
  • Andre Barbour - Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, NEI and WORC2
  • Richard Harris- Associate Dean of Diversity programs and Director of MultiCultural  Engineering  at Northeastern, Chair of Concerned Black Men 
  • Darien Johnson - Policy Lead, Black Economic Council of Massachusetts
  • Imari Jeffries - Executive Director, King Boston
  • Charlie Titus - Former Vice Chancellor, UMass Boston
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