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Nicole Bedford

Deputy Director

Nicole Bedford is the Deputy Director with the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs in Albuquerque, NM. She has many years of experience working with youth and families. Nicole graduated with a B.S. in Sociology in 1993 from Eastern New Mexico University. After graduation, Nicole worked for Youth Development Inc. for over 15 years. Within those 15 years she served in different capacities as a Program Coordinator for the Wise Men & Women Mentorship Program, Lead Service Specialist for Head Start, and finishing up as an Educational Facilitator for a program that dealt with single couples who were either pregnant or had a new born baby called Caring Couples Healthy Children.

She has served on several organizations like the Teen Pregnancy Coalition and United Way. She now serves on several committees; ABC Community Schools Unidos Project Removing Barriers Strategy Group, HLAAC, and American Graduate. She has 2 children a daughter, a son, and one grandson Jayden. Most of her free time is spent chaperoning her son from one sport to another.

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Beverly A. Jordan

Lead Social & Community Outreach Coordinator

Beverly A. Jordan was born and raised in Rockingham, North Carolina. She attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she majored in business administration. She has worked in administration for more than 20 years with extensive experience in all aspects of office support.

Beverly has provided high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, and overseeing up to 12 support team members. She has been instrumental in the development of policy and procedures, resulting in greater efficiency and productivity. While working with diverse community organizations, she has assisted and lead the coordination of training sessions, seminars, planning and development meetings and activities for local, state, regional and national conferences.

As a director of membership with the YMCA of Central New Mexico, she learned facility management skills that led to the management of programs for four departments. Beverly has also worked for the Albuquerque Public Schools and spent 5 years educating New Mexico’s children. She is married to her best friend, Dwayne A. Jordan and is the mother of 4 children. She enjoys music, singing, skating, shopping, bowling and spending time with her family.

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Devon Williams

Social & Community Outreach Coordinator

Devon Williams is a Social and Community Outreach Coordinator with the State Office of African American Affairs.  In this role, Devon looks conducts community outreach for all aspects of the African American community in New Mexico, including collaboration with community stakeholders, programs and initiatives, and policy and advocacy.

Before joining the Office of African American Affairs in 2019, Devon worked for four years for a diverse range of organizations, including Sports and Wellness, the University of New Mexico, and Albuquerque Public Schools. Devon also completed his Bachelor’s in Communication and Master’s in Sports Administration in the years before joining the Office of African American Affairs.

Devon varied background in K-12 education, post-secondary education, and organizations in the private sector provided the perfect foundation for understanding the community and helping them navigate systems and organizations in New Mexico, successfully.

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Chaslyn Wenze

Social & Community Outreach Coordinator

Chaslyn is a Wife and Mother of two. She was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and has resided in Albuquerque all her life. She has always had a passion for helping others, which lead her to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education. After earning her degree, Chaslyn taught in Albuquerque Public Schools before joining the State office of African American Affairs. In her spare time, Chaslyn loves spending time with family and friends. She also has a love for all things crafty. She hopes to continue using her gifts connecting, teaching, and helping others throughout her lifetime.