Chief Diversity Officer
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Rocsean Spencer, CCA is the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s First Chief Diversity Officer. Spencer is tasked with supporting the organization’s policies and directives that mitigate bias, increase equitable outcomes, and foster respect and
inclusion, and ensure that our communications and People Services programs reflect our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals.
Spencer most recently served as the Convention Center’s first Small and Emerging Business (SEB) Program Director, a position that was created in 2019 to help promote the importance of diverse and small business inclusion at the Convention Center.
In this role, Spencer was tasked with developing and managing the Small and Emerging Business Opportunity Program, which is a small business program and a DBE set aside program.
She also serves as liaison between the Authority, the governing board of the center, internal stakeholders, and the community. Under Spencer’s leadership the center has awarded over $40 million in contracts to Small and Emerging Businesses.
Spencer came to the Convention Center from the City of New Orleans, Office of Supplier Diversity. She served as Certification Officer, where she reviewed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification applications and attended State and Local DBE (SLDBE) program outreach events. She was later promoted to Compliance Officer, where she managed a portfolio of $150 million dollars of Public and Private Sector funds. In that role, she also supervised the DBE program, where she managed the SLDBE Certification Department as SLDBE Certification Coordinator.
Mrs. Spencer is a skilled and proven leader with sound knowledge of developing and administering small business and compliance programs, including DBE Programs, Supplier Diversity Programs and Contract/Compliance administration. She has broad knowledge about trends, movements and policy development to stimulate appropriate programming direction in the areas of equity and inclusion.
Mrs. Spencer earned her B.A. in Public Administration from Southern University at New Orleans. She also earned her Contract Compliance Administrator Certification from American Contract Compliance Association and Morgan State University for Continuing and Professional Studies.
In addition to her memberships in several professional and community organizations, Mrs. Spencer serves as a committee member on the City of New Orleans, SLDBE Appeals Committee.
Aside from her professional life, Mrs. Spencer is the wife of 28 yrs. to Mr. Duane Spencer and together they have three sons.