Our Staff

Marcus Garvey

Jamaican political activist and black nationalist

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.”

William Scott Carreathers


Executive Director

William Scott Carreathers has been appointed the Executive Director of the State Office of African American Affairs, by the Honorable Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on January 1st 2019. Prior to his appointment he had been at the University of New Mexico for 25 years, of the 25, 18 have been in African American Student Services.

During his 18-year tenure in African American Student Services, he has helped grow and expand the services and also has created several programs for Black students. Scott has a passion for Black student success in education and he is a strong advocate for them on campus, this passion will remain in the State Office as well.

    Here are just a few of the many academic and cultural programs Scott has helped create for Black students over the years:
  • The BEST Program, which stands for Black Excellence in Science and Technology-the original one was an agreement with Los Alamos Labs, UNM-Los Alamos campus and African American Student Services. Now, the BEST program is a summer academic program that prepares and exposes 8th grade students to higher education and introduces them to the STEM programs at the university.
  • The ZEAL program, stands for Zest for Excellence in Athletics and Learning – is an agreement with the ABQ Black community, UNM-athletics and African American Student Services.
  • The SCOPE program-(Several Community Organizations for Preventive Education)- is a collaboration with African American Student Services, and the ABQ black community organization on educating our community on various health issues.
  • The Procurement Internship-is an agreement that places students interested in business in a paid internship, sponsored by African American Student Services, the Office of African American Affairs and the UNM Procurement office.
  • He established The Black Cultural Conference, which occurs every year during the spring semester.
  • Scott is one of the co-founders of the Ralph J. Bunche Charter School. The1st Afro-Centric School in the city.
  • He established the very first African American Summer Bridge Program at UNM called the Summer Scholars Academy.
  • He established the Black Student Alliance and he works very closely with them on social justice issues on campus.

As stated previously, these are just some of the many programs that Scott Carreathers has established for Black students during his tenure at UNM. Scott is extremely innovative and he has a vision for African American people. He has and always will continue to advocate for Black people throughout the Great State of New Mexico.

Contact Information: William.Carreathers@state.nm.us

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.

Contact Information: Nicole.Bedford@state.nm.us (505) 383-6219

Beverly A. Jordan


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.

Contact Information: beverly.jordan@state.nm.us (505) 383-6220