Naeem Jenkins-Nixon, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Historically Black Colleges
For over a decade, Naeem has held roles in government, political campaigns, and higher education. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Director of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware. Naeem worked in the administration of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown for six years as a communications specialist and later confidential aide to the Mayor. During this time, he coordinated the Mayor’s digital media strategy, managed the city’s My Brother’s Keeper and Cities United programs, assisted with the formation of the annual legislative agenda and fiscal year budget, and executed various policy initiatives in the areas of economic development, public safety, affordable housing, equal rights, and education. In 2017, Naeem was the campaign manager for Mayor Brown’s successful re-election and served as an informal advisor on his 2021 general election campaign. Naeem has also held senior leadership roles as the managing political director for the Missouri Democratic Party and deputy chief of staff to the Mayor of Augusta, Georgia. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Naeem graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Journalism and Communications.