Purvis to lead Wisconsin African American Chamber of Commerce

Nikki Purvis, chief equity officer for the city of Milwaukee, will become the new leader of the Wisconsin African American Chamber of Commerce, the chamber’s board of directors announced Thursday.

“Whether it’s community relations, economic development, or small business advocacy, the chamber’s mission is to provide strategic direction, create a shared vision for development, and grow relationships through networking and quality interactions,” Purvis said in a statement.

“Business owners who thrive in today’s environment intentionally engage, network, and partner with other business owners, fellow entrepreneurs, and organizations like the chamber. In this next chapter, my vision is to lead the chamber in helping its members recover and excel from the economic impacts of the pandemic and re-enter an era of growth and success.

Purvis oversaw the city’s Office of Equity and Inclusion and led racial equity efforts, which included identifying system-wide programs and initiatives and policy considerations to address to racially equitable outcomes, accessibility issues and equal rights for sheltered classes, according to a chamber press release.

She also provided strategic direction and oversight for the city’s Small Business Inclusion Program, which promotes the economic development of disadvantaged small businesses, according to the statement.

Purvis is a Milwaukeean native and an alumnus of high school at Riverside University, Marquette University, and Cardinal Stritch University.

Purvis’ start date is August 15.

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