Dr. Audrea M. Caesar Named Raleigh Human Relations Commission Executive Director
At the Dec. 4 Raleigh City Council meeting City Manager Ruffin Hall announced that Dr. Audrea M. Caesar had been named as the first executive director of the City’s Human Relations Commission.
The Commission serves as an advisor to the City Council in the area of human services and human rights and sponsors a number of activities that promote diversity and human relations, including the Human Relations Awards, the Mayor's Unity Day Celebration, Human Services Grants, and Community dialogues.
Dr. Caesar comes to Raleigh from Union County where she was the division director for Community Outreach and Support in the Department of Human Services. While In that position she was presented with the County’s first Health Equity Leadership award for having developed the Health Equity Institute, which focuses on social determinants such as race, poverty, education and socioeconomic status. Previously, she was a manager in the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services. Before moving to North Carolina, Dr. Caesar was an ombudsman within the State of Ohio Department of Medicaid.
Dr. Caesar is originally from Ohio, where she earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University. After moving to North Carolina, she earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a doctorate degree in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University.
Dr. Caesar said that equity and social justice are at the core of her personal values.
“I care deeply about issues surrounding the community and my passion is for facilitating positive change for the greater good.” Dr. Caesar said. “I’ve been in Health and Human Services my entire career and every position I’ve held up to this point has prepared me for this role as Human Relations Commission executive director and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Raleigh.”
Dr. Caesar’s office will be located in the Raleigh Pathways Center at 900 S. Wilmington Street. She will begin her duties on Jan. 14.