October 30, 2013

Alisa Warren, Executive Director

IAOHRA welcomes Alisa Warren, Executive Director, Missouri Commission on Human Rights. Dr. Warren was elected member-at-large during the 2013 Annual Conference held August 25 in Denver, Colorado.

The advancement of equality in our society has been a career cornerstone for Dr. Alisa Warren. Since January 2008, Dr. Warren has served as the Executive Director for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) in Jefferson City, Missouri, an independent agency housed in the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Under her leadership, MCHR works to prevent and eliminate discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Her dedication to fighting bias and promoting inclusion manifests in her extensive efforts, through education and outreach initiatives, to bring greater understanding about anti-discrimination laws to the four corners of her home state. Building networks between government, business, and advocacy groups is a main focus for Dr. Warren; she believes that vibrant community partnerships are key to advancing social justice — and she strives to foster and strengthen those vital connections as a means to broaden fundamental freedoms.

Throughout her career, Dr. Warren has worn many hats, all fashioned after a common theme: equal opportunity for all. Her professional positions are many and distinguished: Director of Diversity Initiatives for the University of Missouri; Executive Director for the Missouri Community Service Commission; National Marketing Manager for a minority-owned information technology firm; Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity for the State of Missouri leading the state diversity initiative for women and minority employment and contract compliance; Director of the State of Missouri Supplier Diversity Program; and Minority Contracts Coordinator for the State of Missouri Division of Design and Construction. 

A proponent of education for the advancement of civil rights, her own education uniquely establishes a strong basis for her expertise in the field. Dr. Warren holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri- Columbia College of Human Environmental Sciences, (May 1986); Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri- Columbia, Truman School of Public Administration, (August 1995); and a Ph.D. in Applied Social Sciences in the area of Community Development and Social Disparities from the University of Missouri- Columbia, (December 2009).  Her research focuses on an understudied topic, “Successful Black Entrepreneurs.”  

She was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and in 1972 moved with her family to Columbia, Missouri. Since 1974 she has been a member of the historic Second Missionary Baptist Church founded in 1866 by emancipated slaves and free people of color who banded together to form their own church. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a board member of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies.  When Dr. Warren is not working to further the goal of equality and fairness for all people in Missouri, she is exploring her interest in politics, art, travel, golf, and living each day to its fullest — Carpe Diem! 




IAOHRA welcomes Carol Johnson, J.D., M.A, Executive Director, The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission. Ms. Carol Johnson was elected member-at-large during the 2013 Annual Conference held August 25 in Denver, Colorado.

The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission is an enforcement agency that works in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to enforce fair housing rules and regulations.

With Act 1785 of 2001, the Arkansas Legislature declared that, "[t]he opportunity to obtain housing and other real estate without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status… is recognized and declared to be a civil right."

The Arkansas General Assembly further recognized that, "the right to seek housing underlies the general public's ability to secure health, safety and welfare; and seeks with this act to protect the public's access to fair housing."

    "Housing discrimination is illegal and denies persons the opportunity to choose their own housing - a fundamental right that should be available to all. The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission was established to help ensure every Arkansan's access to fair and equitable housing.

    The Commission is dedicated to eradicating housing discrimination in Arkansas"

    – Carol Johnson, Executive Director, Arkansas Fair Housing Commission


David Langtry, Acting Chief Commissioner, CASHRAIAOHRA welcomes David Langtry, Acting Chief Commissioner, Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies. David Langtry was elected Canadian Representative for IAOHRA. CASHRA is the national Association of Canada's statutory agencies charged with administering federal, provincial and territorial human rights legislation. It's goals are to foster collaboration among its members and to serve as a national voice on human rights issues of common concern.

“The main purpose of this Association will be to establish an effective communications link between governmental agencies working in the field of combating discrimination. By making the methods and programs which have proven successful in one jurisdiction more readily available to other agencies, the member organizations should be better able to carry forward their task of maintaining the basic rights and the essential human dignity of all persons in this country.” 

  David Langtry, Acting Chief Commissioner, CASHRA