The Boston Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at UMass Boston are hosting a virtual event on Jan. 19 to discuss public-service career opportunities for people of color.

The free, 90-minute Zoom session, “Public Service Careers: Opportunities for Emerging Professionals of Color,” will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Four panelists will share their experiences working in the public sector and explain the opportunities for emerging professionals, especially professionals of color.

Panelists include:
• Donna Daniels, secretariat director, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Executive Office of Health and Human Services
• Michael Ward, executive director, Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management, UMass Boston
• Austin Faison, American Rescue Plan Act director, city of Somerville
• Aishea Henry, mental health counselor, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s Somerville/Malden office

The panelists will discuss the public sector environment and employment trends; the benefits of working at the state and local levels; choosing the right careers and jobs; and diversity, equity and inclusion in public service. They will also share their personal experiences working in the public sector.

The session is geared to people starting out in their careers as well as more established professionals considering career changes.

For more information and to register, visit the event announcement on UMass Boston’s website. Or contact Michael Johnson at with any questions.