What we do
The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) works to close the opportunity divide for men and boys of color. We strive to better the communities where they live and reduce the economic and social disparities that affect them.
Our work is inclusive. We also serve Latino, Asian, immigrant, and other populations of men and boys in Philadelphia.
OBME supports the efforts of the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males. We also coordinate My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia, a program that aims to dismantle systems of inequality. OBME is part of the larger Office of Public Engagement.
Brotherly Love: Health of Black Men and Boys in Philadelphia lays the groundwork for health care providers, city officials, city residents, and other stakeholders to develop actionable next steps to improve health outcomes for the city’s Black men and boys.
The Spotlight Guide is a magazine based on the Spotlight Series, an interview series produced by the Office of Black Male Engagement which strives to showcase and raise the visibility of positive Black men in Philadelphia. The Spotlight Guide features Black men who are leaders in various industries across the city.
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Prior to becoming the new Director for the Office of Black Male Engagement, Eric spent seven years of his career at the Community College of Philadelphia, where he worked to improve graduation and retention rates for male students of color. He coordinated the recruitment efforts for the Center for Male Engagement, partnering with dozens of schools, community-based organizations, businesses, and nonprofit agencies.
With nearly 20 years of experience in social service, Eric understands the need of bridging individuals and communities to the necessary resources. He brings a wide range of skill in strategic planning and networking, as well as an eternal optimism from life coaching, supervising after-school programs, and direct service work.