The Kenosha County Racial Equity and Ethnic Commission was created with the County Board's May 18, 2021, adoption of Resolution 1.
The commission's mission is to realize greater racial and ethnic equity and dismantle racism in Kenosha County through research, education, and ongoing review of current policies and procedures so as to implement transformative ideas born of research, collaboration, and community engagement.
The commission is comprised of seven commissioners appointed by the County Executive and two supervisors appointed by the County Board chair; all were confirmed by the County Board on Sept. 15, 2021. The commissioners are:
Brian Martinez, term expires Dec. 31, 2022
Tyler Arentz, term expires Dec. 31, 2022
Bradden Backer, term expires Dec. 31, 2023
Justin Crosby, term expires Dec. 31, 2023
Elizabeth Garcia, term expires Dec. 31, 2023
Mimi Yang, term expires Dec. 31, 2024
Derrell Greene, term expires Dec. 31, 2024
Supervisor Daniel Gaschke, term expires May 31, 2023
Supervisor Sharon Pomaville, term expires May 31, 2025
Resolution 1 calls for the commission to, at a minimum, reflect the diverse racial and ethnic makeup of Kenosha County as determined by the most recent census information with at all times five of the seven non-County Board commissioners representing racial and ethnic minorities in Kenosha County.
The commission also includes two members of Kenosha County's Youth in Governance program. For the 2021-22 program year, they are:
A meeting schedule for the commission will be announced soon.
A news release about the commission's creation is available here, and a subsequent release detailing the biographies of the appointees is available here.