Racine Mayor Cory Mason has announced the promotion of Youth Employment Officer Kischa Buford to the position of Equity Officer, effective October 30. The decision follows what the mayor’s office calles a successful second annual City of Racine Youth Employment Program, which saw 66 aspiring individuals gain experience across city departments.
“As we strive to create a more inclusive work environment, one that more accurately reflects the demographics of our beautiful and diverse community, I am pleased to announce Kischa Buford’s promotion to the position of Equity Officer. Her work in starting, expanding, and making a regional example of the youth employment program has not only enriched the lives of young people here in Racine, but has also made eminently clear her exceptional leadership qualities,” Mason said in a statement.
“I am deeply honored and excited to take on the role of Equity Officer. This promotion is not only a testament to my dedication, but also a reflection of the City of Racine’s commitment to an inclusive environment. I look forward to continuing to promote equity in our community,” Buford said in a statement.
Buford graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications and Human Resources. She has more than 10 years of recruiting, community relations, and workforce development experience in the public and non-profit sector. She previously served as a Recruiter for the City of Milwaukee’s Fire and Police Commission where she oversaw the recruitment, community relations, and marketing campaigns for the Milwaukee Fire and Police Departments. Mason appointed Kischa as the Youth Employment Officer in February of 2022.