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Rocsean Spencer

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Chief Diversity Officer at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Rocsean Spencer, MCA, holds the esteemed position of being the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Her appointment marks a significant milestone as the first of its kind among convention centers nationwide. In her role, Spencer is dedicated to championing the organization's commitment to reducing bias, promoting equitable outcomes, cultivating respect and inclusivity, and aligning our communications and People Services programs with our overarching Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) objectives. Additionally, she has the responsibility of overseeing the Mentor Protégé Program (MoMentor) and the annual Morial Award. Spencer most recently served as the Convention Center’s First Small and Emerging Business (SEB) Program Director, a position that was created in 2019 to help promote the importance of diverse and small business inclusion at the Convention Center. In this role, Spencer was tasked with developing and managing the Small and Emerging Business Opportunity Program, which is a small business program and a DBE set aside program. Spencer came to the Convention Center from the City of New Orleans, Office of Supplier Diversity. She served as Certification Officer, where she reviewed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification applications and attended State and Local DBE (SLDBE) program outreach events. She was later promoted to Compliance Officer, where she managed a portfolio of $450 million dollars of Public and Private Sector funds. In that role, she also supervised the DBE program, where she managed the SLDBE Certification Department as SLDBE Certification Coordinator. Mrs. Spencer earned her B.A. in Public Administration from Southern University at New Orleans. She also earned her Master’s in Contract Compliance Certification from American Contract Compliance Association and Morgan State University for Continuing and Professional Studies. In addition to her memberships in several professional and community organizations, Mrs. Spencer serves as a committee member on the City of New Orleans, SLDBE Appeals Committee, New Orleans Business Alliance, Procurement Council and New Orleans & Company’s Procurement Council and the Vice-President of The Middleburg Institution Board of Directors. Aside from her professional life, Mrs. Spencer is a Christian, a wife of 29 yrs. to Mr. Duane Spencer and a mother of three adult sons.

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